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Diversity, equity, inclusion . . . debate
Yossi Sheffi’s “DEI initiatives leave out the people who voted for Trump” exemplifies the conservative effort to seize upon the language of equity and inclusion in order to blunt that movement’s purposes. Amika Kemmler-ErnstJamaica PlainCall it ‘critical race history’ and teach it to allThe suggestion that critical race theory works only for graduate students is ridiculous on the face of it (“There’s cause for concern in teaching critical race theory” by Richard L. Cravatts). Calling it a “theory” to discredit accurate social history defrauds all of our children. There are reasons to create ‘safe spaces’Richard L. Cravatts’s op-ed regarding the teaching of critical race theory in schools is badly flawed. If BIPOC students (Black, indigenous, and people of color) are inhibited by white privilege, then there is reason to exclude white students from certain safe spaces.
Our border problem lies in Washington, not in South Texas
South Texas is once again seeing a surge of migrants crossing the Rio Grande, our border with Mexico. But his sudden decision to pick up where former President Donald Trump left off with a border wall — using state dollars — is terribly misguided. The idea that Texas should add to a border wall is foolish and ridiculously costly. Our border problem lies in Washington, not in South Texas. Texans, including Abbott, should support solutions that actually work and abandon billion-dollar political props such as an ineffective border wall.
It’s your life — chart your own course
Years ago, I was cashing my paycheck at the bank where my friend Brian worked, when he noticed my mood. He asked what was going on, and I told him that I had decided to end my marriage. The freedom to prioritize my health, happiness and inner peace even led to how these words are materializing on the page. She found her tentative professorship backed by prominent leaders in academia, yet opposed by newspaper publisher and UNC alumnus Walter Hussman. Hannah-Jones’ public choice and my private one highlight the importance of selecting our own entrees, rather than allowing others decide we should starve.
Letters to the Editor — Religious liberty, First Amendment, freight railroads, guns, Walmart
Re: “Supreme Court underscores religious liberty — The court’s belief in tolerance is reflected in a handful of its recent rulings,” by Robert A. Sirico, Tuesday Opinion. One would hope that strengthening religious liberties would not be in conflict with efforts to limit discriminatory activities. Jimmie George, FarmersvilleDallas railroad safety lagsRe: “Support freight railroads,” by Brett Sebastian, Tuesday Letters. Marcus Wood, Northeast DallasGuns and cars aren’t alikeRe: “Can’t blame guns for violence,” by Don Skaggs, Sunday Letters. Blaming cars for drunken-driving fatalities being akin to blaming guns for the crime surge is a moot point.
Our incarceration nation: After prison many still captive
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........Did you realize that there are more Americans on parole or probation than are held within the prison system? That’s the latest estimate of how much money is spent locking up people for violating their parole or probation. The Pew Trust Organization has studied the system and concludes more could be done to safely reduce the number of those under supervision. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Pew’s research indicates those entering parole are most likely to reoffend in the first weeks on the outside. But a nationwide study by the Council of State Governments shows a full 45% of the reincarcerated simply violated a rule.
Escape From New York at 40: John Carpenter rebelling against the system
But 40 years later, Escape from New York looks like the beginning of a story that he (and occasionally Russell) would tell about a decade where he never fit comfortably into the Hollywood system or the changing political climate. In fact, the world-building of Escape from New York is significantly more inspired than the meat-and-potatoes action that takes place within it. All the exposition in the beginning sets the action in context, but Carpenter doesn’t follow through with much in the way of social commentary once the shooting starts. (That wouldn’t be the case with his wobbly sequel, Escape from LA, so perhaps be careful what you wish for.) Escape from New York closes on a nihilistic prank, with our hero setting up a callous president for embarrassment on the international stage.
We're building a blueprint to win back rural America
It’s time to stop talking about winning rural districts and time to start actually bringing home a win. Here’s the deal: Democrats have been losing, often by wide margins, in rural districts nationwide for decades. As long as Republicans can count on winning rural seats without a serious fight, they will always have outsized influence. Democrats need to figure out how to win these rural districts. We have a tremendous opportunity to get back on track to winning rural districts nationwide.
California's oil and gas regulatory agency denies 21 Aera Energy fracking permit applications
In April, the Governor directed CALGEM to prepare regulations to ban new fracking permits by 2024. In 2021, CalGem has issued a dozen fracking permits through March 8, the agency said on its website. In 2020, CalGEM issued 83 fracking permits after an independent review by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, but also denied 57 permit applications. The company receiving the most fracking permits was Aera Energy, followed by Chevron. “Denying fracking permits is one step in phasing out oil and gas drilling in California,” Tucker said.
School Districts Must Actively Reject Assault on Teaching Truth of US History
So it is really disturbing that the White Christo-Fascists have now taken aim (again) at public education, specifically targeting “woke” teachers. Public education – and public school teachers who collectively are the most unionized of any profession and tend to support Democrats – has been a target of right-wing conservatives going back to Reagan, and the fight to force prayer in school and public tax money for parochial schools. Already, there have been literal attacks on school board members and meetings, and right wingers taking over seats on school boards. States have passed bans on teaching critical race theory but what does that mean practically? But because Texas has one of the highest populations of public school students (approximately 5 million) it carries undue influence on national textbook publishers and the content that they include — or do not include — in their textbooks.
Phase One begins with stealing underpants and making previous guy House Speaker in 2022
"The Conservative Political Action Conference is the largest and most influential gathering of conservatives in the world. plan to restore Donald J. Trump in days, not years,” which involves installing Trump as speaker and ousting Biden & Harris. The value form of a commodity contrasts with its physical features as a 'use value' or good - e.g. x QAnon shirts are being sold at CPAC Dallas for $25. Some degree of confrontation is more than likely this weekend in Dallas, where Trump himself will deliver the keynote address on Sunday afternoon.
ALERT! Hypocrisy on the Left: Activists try to keep MTG from joining the Jan. 6 Investigation
Common Cause sent out mailers asking people to sign a petition to prevent Marjorie Taylor Green from being on the Jan. 6 Investigating Committee. Common Cause is engaging in hypocrisy if they think it’s appropriate to prevent any committee member nominated by the other party from participating. We can’t unite our country by refusing to have a dialogue with people with whom we don’t identify. We must be willing both to have a conversation and to assume each of us has valid reasons for our thinking. If MTG is out of order at any point during the meetings, then the appropriate party can respond appropriately.
Polling shows American Jobs Plan popularity 65% when Green Infrastructure included & explained
New polling on Green Infrastructure:BY MARCELA MULHOLLAND AND DANIELLE DEISEROTHThese elected officials and groups understand that the climate crisis is the most pressing infrastructure challenge our nation faces. As such, an infrastructure package that doesn’t center climate, isn’t much of an infrastructure package at all. But even if you ignore this (which you shouldn’t) and look strictly at the politics and polling, it’s clear that passing a climate-focused infrastructure package is the only electorally viable path forward for Democrats. Democrats are heading into 2022 with history stacked against them — over the last decade the party in power has only come out on top in the midterms two times — so they should be firing on all cylinders to make the case to voters that Democrats deliver results that will positively and directly impact voters’ lives.
History’s Verdict: Taney, Fuller, Roberts
History’s Verdict: Taney, Fuller, RobertsThree Chief JusticesTaney, Fuller, RobertsEach one for each centuryBleeding out the timeEmptying the epigraphEQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAWFilling in four hollow wordsThree separate complete liesIn justice the People cryFour truths in three plain wordsWE SHALL OVERCOMECopyright 2021 Redfire
Republicans aren't just telling a Big Lie—they're a domestic terror threat to our democracy
So while Democrats inoculate the country, put checks in people's bank accounts, and hone their messaging for the midterms, Republicans have capitalized on the Big Lie to tilt the electoral system even further in their direction. In light of Trump's deranged fantasies of being "reinstalled," she wrote, "we need to really start understanding the Big Lie as a terrorist ideology." Rangappa also linked to a CNN clip from last week, in which she teased out why the Big Lie should viewed as a terror threat. Of course, Republicans are also pushing that threat at the highest levels of government. "We have basically a domestic terror movement which is represented in Congress and is continuing to be promoted," Rangappa added.
previous guy has already pulled his box cutter after the Flight 93 Election
2016 is the Flight 93 election: charge the cockpit or you die. You—or the leader of your party—may make it into the cockpit and not know how to fly or land the plane. Even the White House press corps misses the chaos. “I think everyone probably misses the ease of it, having so many willing leakers,” said the young White House reporter. It claims credit for the economic progress the country has made and tells the Chinese people to be grateful.
Caught on video: Worst lawmakers urge extremists to flood Manchin
Sinema and Manchin are tools. That’s what Rick Santorum, Andy Biggs, and other white supremacists were saying to a room full of right-wing extremists. They beg them to flood Sinema and Manchin with calls thanking them for saving the filibuster. There were no calls for bi-partisanship when the GOP had full control of the federal government, or when they packed our courts. Manchin and Sinema are either incredibly naïve or truly don’t care about the people who are suffering and will continue to suffer under GOP rule.
Apparently 'riveted' by the AZ audit, Trump heads to Phoenix for a 'Rally To Protect Our Elections'
Now we need a rally “to protect our election [lies]”—fixed it for him. Perhaps trump, who reportedly is “riveted” by the endless and illegal weirdness in Phoenix, will conduct his own recount. The nearby building they relocated to does not have A/C, only swamp coolers, which seems appropriate for trump. Three days before trump’s June 23, 2020 rally at Dream City Church the Phoenix City Council passed a mask ordinance as Covid deaths spiked. One death that followed soon after was the co-founder of Turning Points USA, Bill Montgomery, who died a month later of Covid.
Show Me on the Doll Where Critical Race Theory Touched You
I don’t know about y’all, but the first post-Turd Reich Independence Day felt pretty dang sweet to this masked drunkard. But then, just in the nick of time, along came critical race theory. And no, they couldn’t correctly define “critical race theory” if their lives depended on it, but I’m sure you’ve noticed, as the list of shit the American Right gets objectively wrong lengthens, their devotion to their disinformers only grows more fervent. Anyway, definitions are for cucks, these kids know CRT when they see it, and they see it absolutely fucking EVERYWHERE. Speaking of which HOLY CRAP LOOK OVER THERE IT’S CRITICAL RACE THEORY!
The lab-leak hypothesis for COVID-19 is becoming a conspiracy theory
Though there is no direct evidence for either idea, the natural origins hypothesis has scientific precedence. The coronavirus family of viruses, that SARS-CoV-2 is a part of, have spilled over into humans (SARS and MERS) and caused pandemics. Now, the lab-leak hypothesis has taken on the rhythm and melody of conspiracy theory. SARS-CoV-2 uses its spike protein to bind tightly to ACE2, a protein on cell surfaces in humans and other animals. The lab-leak hypothesis is a scientific deus ex machina, a narrative shortcut that points a finger at a specific set of bad actors.
Kamala Harris tells Guatemala migrants: 'Do not come to US'
The proposed anti-trafficking and anti-smuggling measures will struggle to unpick the sophisticated criminal networks, which run the migrant and drug routes north. Despite much talk of creating jobs and incentives inside Guatemala, many know that Washington's plan also involves bolstering the police and security forces to better prevent migrants from leaving in the first place. And the promise of hundreds of millions in development aid will also ring alarm bells over exactly how those funds will be administered.
If Covid-19 Came From a Lab, the Media Is Part of the Scandal - The New York Times
If it turns out that the Covid pandemic was caused by a leak from a lab in Wuhan, China, it will rank among the greatest scientific scandals in history: dangerous research, possibly involving ethically dubious techniques that make viruses more dangerous, carried out in a poorly safeguarded facility, thuggishly covered up by a regime more interested in propaganda than human life, catastrophic for the entire world. But this possible scandal, which is as yet unproved, obscures an actual scandal, which remains to be digested. I mean the long refusal by too many media gatekeepers (social as well as mainstream) to take the lab-leak theory seriously. The reasons for this — rank partisanship and credulous reporting — and the methods by which it was enforced — censorship and vilification — are reminders that sometimes the most destructive enemies of science can be those who claim to speak in its name. Think what you will about the Arkansas Republican, but these were reasonable observations warranting impartial investigation.
Origin of Covid — Following the Clues
Origin of Covid — Following the CluesThe Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted lives the world over for more than a year. Its death toll will soon reach three million people. Yet the origin of pandemic remains uncertain: the political agendas of governments and scientists have generated thick clouds of obfuscation, which the mainstream press seems helpless to dispel. In what follows I will sort through the available scientific facts, which hold many clues as to what happened, and provide readers with…
If the Wuhan lab-leak hypothesis is true, expect a political earthquake | Thomas Frank
There was a time when the Covid pandemic seemed to confirm so many of our assumptions. There are strong hints that some of the bat-virus research at the Wuhan lab was funded in part by the American national-medical establishment — which is to say, the lab-leak hypothesis doesn’t implicate China alone. The social media monopolies actually censored posts about the lab-leak hypothesis. *“Let us pray, now, for science,” intoned a New York Times columnist back at the beginning of the Covid pandemic. Maybe the lab-leak hypothesis will be convincingly disproven.
Timothy Snyder: The War on History is a War on Democracy; Diane Ravitch
"This spring, memory laws arrived in America. Republican state legislators proposed dozens of bills designed to guide and control American understanding of the past. But the most common feature among the laws, and the one most familiar to a student of repressive memory laws elsewhere in the world, is their attention to feelings....History is not therapy, and discomfort is part of growing up." "Timothy Snyder, an authority on totalitarianism, draws a straight line in this article that appeared in the New York Times from Stalin’s efforts to purge history of negative facts about the Soviet Union to the current mania among Republicans to control the teaching of American history and censor shameful facts in our history."
Trump to the Barricades
From Robert Reich BlogThe former guy is suing Facebook, Twitter, and Google for violating his 1st Amendment rights by keeping him off their platforms. The irony here is that in many respects Facebook, Twitter, and Google are mini-governments. I'm talking to you, lawmakers trying to prevent students from learning the role race has played in our history. Real patriotism means not flooding our politics with big money, so the voices of the people can be heard. Finally, real patriotism means using your position of power in the media to inform and educate the public rather than weaponize lies and promote extremism to get more clicks.
Miss Manners: Woman looking forward to becoming MIL, just not hers
But the hints that are being dropped leave me with one huge concern. I have always had a terrible relationship with my mother-in-law, whom I find to be an overbearing, obnoxious bully. Of course, in her turn, I suspect she considers me cold, withdrawn and stubborn, and I am certain she does not understand that there is anything wrong with her own behavior.
Hannity warns about the danger surrounding growing support of Marxism
Fox News host Sean Hannity spent Friday night diving deep into "Life Liberty & Levin" host Mark Levin's latest book "American Marxism," focusing on the spread of this "radical" ideology across the United States on "Hannity." Hannity commented that in Levin's book he recognized that Marxism is going by different names but holding the same ideological views. "Make no mistake, Marxism is the antithesis to the American way of life. Over the past two decades, the oil-rich South American country went from one of the prosperous to decimated. The United States has seen an influx of immigrants from this country Hannity noted.
LETTER: Lands bill would exacerbate sprawl in Las Vegas area
Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal @Vegas88sI was shocked to read, “Lands bill would trade conservation for development” in Friday’s Review-Journal. Increasing Las Vegas’ footprint by more than 65 square miles is the definition of sprawl. The associated development, vehicles and emissions they would bring will add more carbon to the air, making climate change worse. The so-called “affordable housing” is also to be located in areas with little or no infrastructure or in high-dollar development areas. Our recent record heat waves in Las Vegas are a taste of what’s to come if we do not stop emitting carbon dioxide.
LETTER: Schools have an academic purpose …
The school’s job is to teach the academic curriculum, not to teach the students everyday core values. Children should’ve been cleaning their rooms, doing chores and learning that these things are required in life, and that life is hard work. Integrity, in my opinion, is learned over time after having been taught and practiced these other core values. These should include always being honest, doing the right thing and telling the truth, even when nobody is looking. If you know and practice all of these things, you probably have integrity.
LETTER: Southern Nevada water officials falling down on the job
Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Boulder City, Nev. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoThe Las Vegas Valley Water District and Southern Nevada Water Authority should be ashamed. They assign us common folk meager watering days, watering hours, issue fines if we — heaven forbid — need to water on Sunday and send a mean letter if we need a few extra gallons for a tree. Members of the Clark County Commission, the water authority and the water district do not see a problem here? It’s reprehensible to have a Golden Knights player scowling at us to conserve “or else” while irresponsible building is occurring all around us. Billionaire homes that are showcases for art are shattering all-time Vegas sales — they are also shattering water usage records.
For Biden, politics are often framed by the personal
Biden draws on more than just grief. He evoked his own challenges as a single father in the aftermath of the car accident that killed his first wife and daughter and injured his two young sons. In Brussels, during his first overseas trip, Biden took a detour about his father changing jobs and neglected to deliver news of an Airbus-Boeing trade deal as planned. At a recent education event in Washington, Biden evoked both his second wife, first lady Jill Biden, a teacher, and the educators who helped him manage a childhood stutter. “They took a stuttering kid who couldn’t speak very well in school, was scared to death to be called on to read out loud,” Biden recalled.
Harris Co. Judge: GOP is ‘trying to create fear’ to suppress voting
Judge Lina Hidalgo says GOP are manufacturing a myth about widespread voter fraud and passing laws that threaten democracy in support of Trump’s big lie: “The situation is dire. We need support from the federal level.” Texas State Rep. Armando Martinez adds the Texas GOP suppression session to push voter restrictions is “unconscionable” and the governor is ignoring “the fundamental needs of Texas” to go after a “political ploy.”
Where the Surfside condo once stood, debate begins over what comes next
Or should it be sold for hundreds of millions of dollars to raise money for victims and their kin? Officials said on Thursday that 64 remains have been recovered in one of the deadliest structure collapses in U.S. history. That could especially true in the Champlain tower collapse. Lipsky said American culture is among the most unhealthy when it comes to allowing disaster victims - or anyone - the time and space to grieve. For that reason, she urged community leaders to take as much burden off survivors and family members of victims as possible.
Newsom’s oil regulators deny new fracking permits, but industry is pushing back
Fracking involves injecting high-pressure water deep underground to extract oil or gas from rock. In April, Newsom directed the state’s Geologic Energy Management Division, or CalGEM, to develop a plan to stop issuing new fracking permits by 2024 after a measure to ban fracking died in the Legislature. Those decisions would make California the largest state to ban fracking and probably the first in the world to set a deadline for ending oil production. CalGEM has approved 100 new well-drilling permits and a dozen new fracking permits this year, according to state records cited by the Chronicle. AdvertisementNewsom should “instruct his agency to deny all new oil and gas permits immediately,” said a statement from Alexandra Nagy, California director for the nonprofit group Food and Water Watch.
Imams in Canada express solidarity with Indigenous people
On Friday, Anwer was one of 75 Imams across Canada who offered condolences and expressed solidarity with Indigenous people following the discoveries of unmarked graves, now totalling more than 1,000, at forced-assimilation institutions known as residential schools. The Canadian Council of Imams and Justice For All Canada led the coordinated effort to raise awareness. The purpose of the institutions was to kill Indigenous culture to make land and resources available to settlers. Friday afternoon, Taha Ghayyur, executive director of Justice For All Canada, delivered a sermon at a mosque in Mississauga, Ontario. He said Uighur people in Canada told him they were “reliving” experiences of mass detention camps in Xinjiang as they learned about residential “schools” in Canada.
Disingenuous defenses of critical race theory
In reality, they would usher in the concrete tyrannies of critical race theory, which explicitly seeks to subvert the principles of individual rights and equal protection under the law. With state prohibitions on critical race theory indoctrination, schools have clear guidance about their curricula and families have immediate recourse. Is it possible that these writers simply aren’t aware of the illiberal nature of critical race theory? If critical race theory is “racial poison,” why allow it to seize control of our schools? The war against critical race theory is a war worth fighting — and, more importantly, a war worth winning.
Illinois first state to mandate Asian American history be taught in public schools
Illinois is set to become the first state to mandate the teaching of Asian American history to public school students. JB Pritzker signed the Teaching Equitable Asian American History Act into law Friday, amid the nationwide rise of hate crimes against the community since the coronavirus pandemic. “With the recent rise in acts of violence and bigotry against the Asian American community, teaching students about rich culture and important contributions of the Asian American community throughout history will help combat false stereotypes,” a Friday statement from the Democrat’s office read. A lack of knowledge is the root cause of discrimination and the best weapon against ignorance is education,” State Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz said. Getty ImagesNearly 3,800 hate crimes against Asian Americans were reported nationwide during the first 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center.
Amid drought, thousands of acres of farmland in south central Idaho have water once again
“That intangible thing called ‘The Idaho Way,’” Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke told me in his office Thursday afternoon. If the groundwater users kept pumping, there would be nothing left for the surface water users. So the Idaho Department of Water Resources ordered the groundwater users to shut off their wells. In exchange, the surface water users, in a deal facilitated by Bedke, were able to piece together enough water from other sources to make everyone whole. The Idaho Department of Water Resources, which ordered the water shutoff on July 1, approved the deal.
South Africa's Jacob Zuma: From freedom fighter to president to jail
ZumaJacob Zuma has achieved political ignominy as the first former president of South Africa to be sent to prison. His son, Edward Zuma, had warned that there would be "blood on the floor" if he was arrested, but in the end there was none. Edward Zuma, the eldest son of the ex-president, is known for his fiery rhetoricZuma was once a celebrated political figure. Jacob Zuma's home in Nkandla was controversially upgraded with government moneyWhere the truth lies is yet to be established but it is a tribute to South Africa's 27-year-democracy that a former freedom fighter and president has been imprisoned for trying to evade accountability over his time in office. With Zuma fighting legal battles on various fronts, the big question is: Will he ultimately win and walk free, or will he gain even more notoriety as South Africa's most high-profile prisoner?
Biden taps L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti as U.S. ambassador to India
President Joe Biden on Friday nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, an ambitious star in his Democratic Party, to be ambassador to India, with which the United States has an increasingly close relationship. Biden has stepped up the “Quad” partnership of the United States, India, Japan and Australia — four democracies that largely share common cause on China’s rising military and economic might. India has been facing major challenges from COVID-19 and air pollution — two issues that Garcetti has tackled in Los Angeles. Garcetti in December said he turned down an unspecified job in the Biden administration so he could focus on defeating COVID-19 in Los Angeles. If Garcetti leaves, the City Council can either appoint an interim mayor or call a special election.
How All My Politically Correct Bones Were Broken
In my first 10 years of college teaching, from the mid-60s to mid-70s, I modeled myself on my best teachers—men and women who questioned my ideas vigorously. Like most Boards, it had become hostile to college students and their deferments. Politically, I had always felt allied with our black students and my few black faculty colleagues. This was exactly why we desperately needed competent and tough black faculty and administration. A nursing colleague told me that administration was questioning her and her colleagues’ commitment to diversity—that is, more black students should graduate.
The last thing kids need is cameras in their classrooms
Tucker Carlson calls for cameras in classrooms to “oversee the people teaching your children, forming their minds.” Matt Walsh, on his Daily Wire podcast, suggests it to document “everything that teachers say to their students.”Teachers naturally bristle at the idea, which may be the point. Full-time monitoring of teachers in the classroom means full-time monitoring of kids — and their not-yet-fully-formed frontal lobes — in all of their unsophisticated glory. They often say and do stupid things, and the tendency seems to compound when they’re in groups. Children need time and space to grow, make mistakes, learn and form their opinions. If parents really want insight into what’s going on in their kids’ classroom, they could employ the age-old tactic of talking to their children.
Larry Kudlow: We are fighting for the soul of America
You could also think of it as a presidential race between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and California Governor Gavin Newsom. First, the current California governor and former San Francisco mayor needs to survive a gubernatorial recall. Call them the California way and the Florida way." Not only does Florida love traditional values, but Florida loves business and the people businesses employ. In everything it does, California now opposes traditional values with massive over-regulation and tax burdens on businesses.
Hayes: Right-wing engineers outrage over vaccine ‘coercion’
“This is an active choice by an almost incalculably cynical set of political actors to harness the power of backlash politics in pursuit of more sickness and more death,” says Chris Hayes on the right-wing mobilization against the vaccine.
GOP efforts to ban critical race theory mimic authoritarian ‘memory laws’ historian says
GOP efforts to ban critical race theory, anti-racism education, and other efforts to evade America’s racist history are similar to the enactment of ‘memory laws’ in authoritarian states such as Russia, historian Timothy Snyder tells Joy Reid.
FBI agent who fought VA for GI Bill college benefits wins appeal; case could help vets nationwide
Now, he has won a court fight regarding veterans’ benefits that could result in improved government-paid benefits for many of the nation’s longest-serving veterans who want to further their education. He planned to use his GI Bill benefits to attend graduate divinity school at Yale University. Like many older veterans, Rudisill had earned benefits under two versions of the well-known GI Bill: the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Montgomery GI Bill provides up to 36 months of stipends toward college tuition for qualifying service members who pay $1,200 into the system. The Post-9/11 GI Bill also provides 36 months of more generous benefits covering tuition, housing and books.
Critics say funding ban for 'critical race theory' teaching could affect other issues
Doug Ducey signed legislation Friday to block the use of public funds for what he calls "critical race theory.'' But there appears to be a disconnect between the description of what has become a favorite talking point of Ducey and other Republicans and what that term actually means. It says that employees cannot be required to go through orientation, training or therapy that presents any "form of blame or judgment on the basis of race, ethnicity or sex.'' But Sen. Martin Quezada, D-Glendale, said none of that is being done right now. Instead, he said, it appears to be more of a political move.
ACLU of Texas Comment on the Arrest of Hervis Rogers
HOUSTON — The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and Nicole DeBorde Hochglaube are representing Hervis Rogers, a Houston man facing charges for voting while on parole after waiting more than six hours in line to cast his ballot in March 2020. Rogers was arrested on Wednesday and is now in Montgomery County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. The following quote can be attributed to Andre Segura, legal director of the ACLU of Texas:“The arrest and prosecution of Mr. Rogers should alarm all Texans. Our laws should not intimidate people from voting by increasing the risk of prosecution for, at worst, innocent mistakes. We will continue to fight for justice for Mr. Rogers and will push back against efforts to further restrict voting rights.”
Resident of ‘Little Haiti’ reacts to assassination
Resident of ‘Little Haiti’ reacts to assassinationResident of Miami’s ‘Little Haiti’ reacts to the assassination of President Jovenel Moise.
How Facebook is turning beloved American values on their head
Not long ago, the nation celebrated our shared values and common interests while respecting dissenting opinions. Fact is, our shared sense of values is compromised when it comes to social-media platforms’ ad hoc and vague policies. Yet slamming free speech isn’t Facebook’s only abuse: The platform also serves as a primary tool for sex-traffickers. see also Facebook must face sex-trafficking suit, Texas judge rules Facebook may be held accountable for knowingly benefitting from sex... Americans cherish their traditional values; we shouldn’t let corporate hypocrisy and censorship by a bastion of self-anointed geeks destroy them.
No excuse for Biden administration’s slow response to protecting ‘Dreamers’ from deportation | Editorial
EditorialsThe big jump in applications came during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that’s the explanation being given by a federal agency, U.S. But such excuses don’t make thousands of so-called “Dreamers” any safer from being booted from the only country they’ve ever called home. The Trump administration attempted to abolish DACA in September 2017, and it took almost three years before the Supreme Court, in June of last year, blocked those efforts. The court did not rule that Trump, or any president, could not end the program, only that the Trump administration had failed to followed proper procedures in attempting to do so. Of all the enlightened immigration reforms being pushed in this country, there is none so right as DACA.
Nevada agency offers safety tips after quakes near Lake Tahoe
The Nevada Division of Emergency Management said preparedness is the best defense. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal)An earthquake near Lake Tahoe on Thursday jolted many Nevadans and gave emergency responders an opportunity to remind residents of ways to stay safe during such temblors. The Nevada Division of Emergency Management said in a release Friday that preparedness is the best defense. — Getting trained on basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. If there is no shelter nearby, get down near an interior wall or next to low-lying furniture that won’t fall.
Rachael Rollins seeks to overturn ‘thousands’ of Hinton drug lab cases
Suffolk District Attorney Rachel Rollins is asking the state’s highest court to toss “thousands” of convictions for which evidence was processed at the now-disgraced Hinton lab. Rollins says there are about 70,000 instances of samples from Suffolk County that went through the lab that still need to be reviewed. Rollins in April pledged to dismiss Suffolk County drug convictions for any individual whose drug certification was done at the Hinton Lab between May 2003 and August 2012. To date, 35,000 drug convictions have been dismissed due to the drug lab scandals — that included the drug lab in Amherst — with the fallout spreading to other counties in the Bay State. “We now know that there has been criminal misconduct by multiple chemists in the Commonwealth, each of whom worked for a period at the Hinton Lab.
Phewwww, the CDC is mostly on target in rules for opening school this fall
To many of us, this seems obvious, but it actually represents a landmark shift in how CDC has been talking about schools. (This is exactly why I supported the change to CDC mask guidance in May, even though it was not popular in public health circles.) At first read, it seems CDC is mandating masks in schools for those who are unvaccinated. The right ventilation prevents COVIDAs far as the other controls CDC mentions, I was glad to see that ventilation had its own line item. But the big picture here is that CDC placed an important marker – kids need to be in school.
Biden believes children need to learn ‘challenging’ US history
President Biden believes America’s schoolkids need to learn “not just the good, but also the challenging in our history,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday in response to a question about the movement to teach critical race theory in K-12 schools. Psaki added that Critical Race Theory has become “politically charged.” ShutterstockCritical race theory argues that racism, specifically white supremacy, is at the root of America’s founding, its institutions and its public policies. Critics say teaching the theory to young children wrongly encourages them to view each other through a racial lens. Meanwhile, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) welcomed controversial author and critical race theory advocate Ibram X. Kendi to address one of its conferences earlier this week. “Let’s be clear: Critical race theory is not taught in elementary schools or high schools.
Biden’s anti-competitive ‘competition’ order
His everything-but-the-kitchen-sink directive is simply a compendium of longtime Democratic dreams, banning companies — and workers — from acting in ways that keep them competitive. The order includes 72 directives for more than a dozen federal agencies on everything from prescription-drug prices to Internet services to chicken farming. And this order could do serious damage to that recovery. Most of it is bad ideas, and little of it has to do with boosting competition except according to lefty talking points. Is there anyone in this White House who has a clue how the private sector actually works?
Letters to the Editor — July 10, 2021
The Issue: The Post editorial calling for an end to requiring vaccinated riders wear masks on public transit. With all the problems facing New York City, why focus on this mask mandate (“Let ’Em Breathe,” Editorial, July 8)? John AmatoFresh MeadowsThe Post’s opinion on the wearing of masks in the subway is misguided and just plain wrong. I am not in favor of people wearing masks forever. Nat WeinerThe BronxThe Issue: Eric Adams’ victory in the Democratic primary for mayor of New York City.
Dems’ outrageous attempt to tilt elections in their favor
At the top of their list of grievances was the Supreme Court’s June 1 ruling upholding Arizona’s anti-fraud voting laws. In the Arizona case, the justices, by a 6-3 majority, found no evidence that state voting laws put minority voters at a disadvantage or made voting too hard. The New York Times claims “Republican-controlled legislatures across the country have raced one another to pass laws that make voting harder.” Untrue. see also Supreme Court upholds voting restrictions in Arizona 6-3 ?The Supreme Court upheld two voting laws in Arizona passed... The goal is to do what the Supreme Court refused to do, eliminate state election laws.
Haiti Calls U.S. for Troops, After Wild Day of Gunfights and Suspicion
After 24 hours of wild gun battles with suspects in the assassination of Haiti’s president, the nation’s authorities announced the arrests of 20 people and called on the United States to send troops to help protect crucial infrastructure. Haiti’s remarkable request for military assistance from the United States, a former colonial overlord that has repeatedly intervened in the nation’s affairs, is a measure of how deeply shaken the nation has been by days of chaos and intrigue. As new developments unfolded at a dizzying pace on Friday, the mystery over who was ultimately behind the assassination only deepened. On the streets, vigilantes prowled for suspects, and the police killed at least three people in gunfights. And in a brewing political crisis, suspicion has prompted what may shape up to be a standoff between rival governments.
Cuomo big-foots in the name of reducing NY’s carbon footprint
Andrew Cuomo’s plans for siting renewable energy facilities, such as solar farms and windmills, are meeting righteous resistance from upstate locals. The intrusive facilities are key to the gov’s $26 billion “clean energy, clean economy” initiative, which Cuomo pretends will boost New York’s post-COVID-19 economy. The wind and solar plants’ output will cost a lot more per kilowatt-hour of generation, though Cuomo means to disguise that fact as best he can. So Cuomo got the Legislature to pass a law that lets him override local objections in siting his alternative-energy facilities, power he’s used to stick it to areas that don’t vote for him anyway. God save New York’s freedoms if he somehow survives his endless scandals and wins yet a fourth term next year.
Xavier Becerra’s moronic Big Brother remark just sets back vaccination efforts
On Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra declared it was “absolutely the government’s business” to know whether Americans have been vaccinated. But too many will only hear his earlier remarks implying that the feds have every right to track such info, simply because it’s spending so much taxpayer money on the COVID fight. Yes, virtually all adults should get jabbed, and government outreach to encourage it is warranted. But the various hesitant groups, all across the political and socioeconomic spectrums, often have reasons for their doubts — and rash, morally entitled Big Brother remarks by a top official that feed paranoia are a major setback. A year and a half into COVID, no public-health official has any excuse for straying off-message by venting his foolish fury.
Biden is badly fumbling the US pullout from Afghanistan
The United States will continue to provide “over the horizon” support, i.e., from a distance, for the Afghan government. see also Pentagon acknowledges ‘deteriorating security situation’ in Afghanistan The Pentagon's top spokesperson acknowledged Friday that there was a... Ideally, the United States would locate some other base next door to ­Afghanistan, but there are no good options in the neighborhood. The contractors who have worked with the Afghan Air Force to maintain its planes are leaving, too, potentially stripping Afghan forces of air support. Biden wants to provide $3 billion in security assistance to the Afghans, but who will do the training with that money?
Across U.S. government, views remain divergent on Afghan military’s readiness for U.S. troop withdrawal
But the question of the Afghan government’s ability to face looming threats of Taliban gains, which have surged since the U.S. withdrawal began, along with the specter of civil war, continues to loom over the withdrawal. Here are some of the points of tensions within the U.S. government over how to assess the strength of Afghan forces in the face of rising chaos.
Opinion : The public needs more answers on the children lost to Native American boarding schools
“Yeah, I mean, I can’t even — I can’t answer that question,” said Interior Secretary Deb Haaland when recently asked by The Post’s James Hohmann during a podcast interview if there is reason to believe there are mass burial sites in the United States like those recently found in Canada. But Ms. Haaland, the first Native American to serve as a Cabinet secretary, seems determined to find out. Never has there been a documentation of the policy that forced Native youths into boarding schools to assimilate them into White American culture, so last month she launched an initiative that will investigate the loss of life and other consequences of the facilities operated by the federal government or religious organizations between 1870 and 1970. “We must shed light on the unspoken traumas of the past, no matter how hard it will be,” she said, announcing the department will identify the locations of the former schools and burial sites, determine the identity and tribal affiliations of children enrolled at the schools and consult with tribes on future steps.
A standoff on the highway, a riddle in our midst
There have been many outrageous cases in the news this past year that are examples of states’ laws being too lenient on gun possession and use. AdvertisementAfter years of grass-roots efforts by residents and organizations in Massachusetts, the Legislature has implemented good and sensible gun laws. While stationed in the military, men and women have a noble and valiant purpose: protecting the United States from terrorism, violent extremists, and other threats. Does Jamhal Latimer, who calls himself Jamhal Talib Abdullah Bey, live in the United States? I don’t think these men were planning a war on the United States.
Letters: Problematic parklets | Bills’ threat | Tower worry | Childhood hunger | Water solutions | Peace Corps budget | Swaying unvaccinated
Ed KahlWoodsideUrge Congress to spendmore on Peace CorpsIn 1961, President Kennedy founded the U.S. government agency known as the Peace Corps. Since then, 240,000+ citizens have served our nation as Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), touching the lives of citizens in 142 countries. The Peace Corps is a vital part of the ambassadorial system, reaching portions of humanity that others cannot. President Biden announced the Peace Corps pending budget; the same budget as the last six years. As a nonpartisan agency that accepts citizens 18 or over, regardless of background or education, the Peace Corps crosses all boundaries.
Letters: Solar threatened | Police oversight | ‘Democratic vision’ | Feinstein not serious | Vaccine advocacy
This is precisely why I want to go solar and also to reduce our electricity bills. Either Sen. Feinstein is too senile to see that and should resign, or she is a White supremacist and should resign. Alan MarlingLivermoreTrump should embraceadvocating for vaccinesAccording to Marc Theissen, former President Trump’s greatest achievement was Warp Speed, and President Biden needs to acknowledge this to encourage vaccinations among Trump supporters (“If Biden wants to increase vaccinations, credit Trump,” Page A7, July 8). It needs to be done by the one we all know who has the most direct impact on his supporters — Donald Trump. If this indeed was such a great accomplishment, why isn’t Trump doing a public campaign encouraging his supporters to get vaccinated?
If ex-Gangster Disciples boss Larry Hoover qualified, he should have gotten sentencing break
Who’s afraid of ending up like Larry Hoover, the once-upon-a-time chief of the Gangster Disciples street gang, locked up in a supermax prison for life? Certainly not the person accused of firing into a crowd of people cleaning up after a peaceful holiday barbecue. But according to U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber’s ruling that denied Hoover the sentencing break he wanted under the federal First Step Act, Hoover’s harsh sentence could deter other criminals. But the young people running around shooting people today weren’t even born when Hoover was a top gang leader. However any of us might feel about Hoover, if he qualifies for a sentencing break, he should get one.
Battenfeld: Gutless Massachusetts Legislature at it again
The gutless Massachusetts Legislature is showing its true insides again. Just five other Democrats, most of them progressives, voted to restore the term limit for House speaker. And besides, they argued, they haven’t heard any of their constituents clamoring for a term limit. Here’s a daring idea — go ahead and put the term limit proposal on the statewide ballot. Giving the people too much power is dangerous to the health and well-being of the Massachusetts Legislature.
White House calling out critics of door-to-door vaccine push
McMaster asked his state’s health department to bar state and local health groups from “the use of the Biden Administration’s ‘targeted’ ‘door to door’ tactics.”“A South Carolinian’s decision to get vaccinated is a personal one for them to make and not the government’s,” McMaster wrote in a letter to the department. “Enticing, coercing, intimidating, mandating, or pressuring anyone to take the vaccine is a bad policy which will deteriorate the public’s trust and confidence in the State’s vaccination efforts.”In Missouri, meanwhile, GOP Gov. Mike Parson tweeted: “I have directed our health department to let the federal government know that sending government employees or agents door-to-door to compel vaccination would NOT be an effective OR a welcome strategy in Missouri!”Earlier in the week, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich sent a letter to Biden condemning the new strategy. For the usually reserved Biden White House, which has long harbored private frustrations about some states’ laggard vaccination programs but refused to condemn them publicly for fear of playing up political divides in public health, it was a bridge too far.
“Would You Send Your Own Son Or Daughter?”: Biden Faces Republican Hawks’ Wrath Over Afghanistan Drawdown
The GOP may have undergone a MAGA makeover in recent years, but there appears to be one area where the Republican establishment is holding firm. “President Biden is going to own these ugly images,” McCaul told Fox News last week. McMaster, who have blamed the quagmire in Afghanistan on a failure of political leaders to adequately sell Americans on the effort and of the media to cheerlead the operation. “After 20 years...I will not send another generation of Americans to war in Afghanistan with no reasonable expectation of achieving a different outcome,” Biden said Thursday. “The United States cannot afford to remain tethered to policies creating a response to a world as it was 20 years ago.”
Why New York Matters: The Hive’s Chris Smith on the State of the World’s Greatest City
This week veteran Hive correspondent Chris Smith talks to cohost Joe Hagan about the winner of the Democratic primary for New York mayor, Eric Adams, his journey toward the most powerful office in the city, and what his prospective mayoralty means for Black Americans, the police department, the city’s youth, and the national conversation. Smith has been covering city politics for more than two decades, through Mike Bloomberg’s three terms and Bill de Blasio’s eight tumultuous years, and understands better than most the risks and opportunities for a city trying to reinvent itself after the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests of last summer. Can a former policeman and savvy self-promoter like Adams lower crime and shepherd the city to prosperity? Smith explains it all. Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.
3 productivity lessons you should remember when returning to the office
advertisement advertisementWith the shift to remote work during the pandemic, many workers settled into new routines—whether that meant doing more caretaking, balancing household responsibilities, or simply adjusting to a new productivity pattern. So returning to the office isn’t as easy as simply reverting back to our 2019 selves. advertisementadvertisementAs many workers return to the office (at least part time), now’s the moment to apply the lessons learned about the power of flexibility and maximizing efficiency during remote work. Here are three productivity tips from remote work to continue implementing as you return to your office: 1. And, as you begin to show up to a physical office, continue to fight the urge to multitask.
What You Were Taught About “Happiness” Isn’t True
But happiness isn’t a destination. How do you experience happiness if you don’t know sadness and pain? I set myself a bold mission — that by 2025, I would teach 10 million humans how to find their happiness. Yet fear (along with failure) is one of the greatest levers you have available to enable your happiness. Happiness should not be your goal, nor an end state, but a way of being.
Gain Competitive Advantage by Transcending the Front-Line Paradox
Front-line employees are often the first to sense change yet the last to be heard. Member Free 5 free articles per month, $6.95/article thereafter, free newsletter. sign up Please enter a valid email address Thank you for signing up Privacy PolicyThe Front-Line ParadoxThe situation described above is something I refer to as the front-line paradox: Front-line employees are often the first to sense impending change but the last to be heard within an organization. Pedersen, “Using the Collective Wisdom of Frontline Employees in Strategic Issue Management” (Ph.D. thesis, Copenhagen Business School, 2016). Hallin, “Global Strategic Responsiveness: Exploiting Frontline Information in the Adaptive Multinational Enterprise” (New York: Routledge, 2017).
As a high-ranking Biden aide pushes Congress to raise inheritance taxes, his brother lobbies against it
“The core element of Biden’s plan turns on taxing capital effectively, and the linchpin of that is collecting a tax on the unrealized gains at death — or they’ll escape taxation completely,” said Steve Rosenthal, a tax expert at the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan think tank. “Billionaires and the superwealthy create dynastic wealth by avoiding selling their stocks until death. If we just raised the capital gains tax rate, the rich would just carry their assets to death and avoid them. But if we’re going to tax them at death and induce more sales, that gives Biden much more latitude. It’s absolutely crucial to his plan.”
Payment to Mexican president's brother raises hackles
The image first reported by journalist Carlos Loret de Mola shows David León handing the equivalent of $7,500 to Martín Jesús López Obrador in 2015 — some three years before the president was elected. León is heard saying on the video that the cash was from “my savings” and telling the president’s brother, “I’ll make a note of it,” to which Martín Jesús López Obrador replies “No, buddy. The president said he was told his was a personal loan, and said he hadn't seen Martín Jesús in several years. López Obrador won office in 2018 on his pledge to fight corruption and live austerely, something he personally has done, but questions have been raised about his family. The report was reminiscent of another 2015 video that showed another of the president's brothers, Pío López Obrador, receiving a bundle of cash from León.
What you can do for your unhoused neighbors during this heat wave (or any time)
But some communities are more vulnerable than others, and that includes the thousands of unhoused people in Southern California. During extreme heatMayra Lozano, director of community outreach for WaterDrop LA, a skid row nonprofit, said that above all, people need water. AdvertisementWaterDrop LA recently challenged Angelenos on Twitter to take 20 minutes out of their day to hand out chilled water bottles to their unhoused neighbors. Cooling towels, hats and umbrellas, Kim said, are other things that you can think about giving to an unhoused person. “Folks who are experiencing homelessness, they’re our neighbors, and there’s a sense of responsibility that we should all have to make sure that everyone’s OK.”
Boston Public Schools releases preliminary plan for spending $123m in federal relief funds
Many educators and families hope the influx of money will be transformative for the district, where many schools are considered underperforming by the state. Boston Public Schools released Friday its preliminary plan for spending $123 million in federal relief funds to help the school system recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. AdvertisementTiffany Luo, a rising senior at Boston Latin School, said the district needs to focus on improving buildings and class offerings in underresourced schools. “They have way less options” for classes at most high schools than at Boston Latin School, Luo said. “I see nothing in this plan that’s going to help that.”Will Austin, chief executive of Boston Schools Fund, said the plan lacked detail, making it hard to evaluate.
I’ve heard more ballyhooing over renaming Lake Shore Drive than over how to stop the killing
Where is that “old ship of Zion” whose spiritual songs once soothed our souls, led us down the path to being made whole? They rise above the cacophony of gunfire and chaos, where children at play run for cover. To the carnage of another night, where on the streets an endless river of blood runs. And yet, I’ve heard more political ballyhooing over renaming Lake Shore Drive than over how to stop the killing. Bore witness to a motorcade on Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive in honor of the renaming on Independence Day weekend when Chicago’s violence was shameful: 104 shot, 19 killed.
Illinois becomes first state to require teaching of Asian American history in public schools
In the wake of increased anti-Asian violence during the coronavirus pandemic, Illinois on Friday became the first state to require Asian American history to be taught in public schools. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Friday, every public elementary and high school in the state will be required to include a unit on the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, including their history in Illinois and the Midwest. The law is the latest in a series of new requirements Pritzker has signed that aim to make the teaching of history in Illinois schools more inclusive. “We are setting a new standard for what it means to truly reckon with our history,” Pritzker said. The measure, also sponsored by Villivalam, would require “age-appropriate” teaching of topics including consent, gender identity and sexual orientation.
Letter to the Editor, July 10, 2021: Quick to judge, slow to reflect on behavior
Quick to judge, slowto reflect on behaviorEditor, Times-Dispatch:“There but for the grace of God …” Sha’Carri Richardson is being banned from participating in the Olympics because the detection of cannabis has individuals either being dismissive, defensive or offensive. With many taking the offensive stance, at age 21, she should have known better. I agree with Michael Paul Williams’ column, “War on Drugs.” The punishment should fit the crime. Richardson has taken responsibility for her action and has apologized, which is more than many in the political arena are willing to do. Her actions are a roadblock to her as an individual; I pray she does not allow this setback to become a roadblock to future achievements.
Letter to the Editor, July 10, 2021: Don't use federal funds to repair sewage systems
Don't use federal fundsto repair sewage systemsEditor, Times-Dispatch:I read the July 9 article, "Richmond asking for $883 million for long-term fix to sewage overflows" with great incredulity for the selfishness evident in the cities of Richmond and Alexandria requesting a bailout. Both entities have neglected their wastewater systems for years, finding other uses for the limited public dollars they collect. Years of inattention to the problem by these localities should not require all of Virginia’s taxpayers to share their burden. Let it be noted that stimulus or rescue plan monies are Virginia taxpayer monies as well, just coming as a lump-sum payment from the federal government's borrowing. I suggest that if the General Assembly and Gov.
Biden criticizes the non-compete clauses between McDonald's and Burger King
• Announces a policy that enforcement should focus in particular on labor markets, agricultural markets, healthcare markets (which includes prescription drugs, hospital consolidation, and insurance), and the tech sector. In the Order, the President:• Encourages the FTC to ban or limit non-compete agreements. In the Order, the President:• Encourages the Federal Maritime Commission to ensure vigorous enforcement against shippers charging American exporters exorbitant charges. In the Order, the President encourages the FCC to:• Prevent ISPs from making deals with landlords that limit tenants' choices. Though subject to federal review, federal agencies have not formally denied a bank merger application in more than 15 years.
Why Are There So Many Holocaust Books for Kids?
Every year, the Association of Jewish Libraries presents its Sydney Taylor Book Award to the most “outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.” At this year’s ceremony, on June 29, not a single children’s book about the Holocaust won a gold medal. Unfortunately, to “authentically portray the Jewish experience” all too often means to “focus on the Holocaust.” In the 53 years since the award’s establishment in 1968, 105 children’s and young adult books have won gold medals; of these, 31 are about the Holocaust. Looked at another way, there were just 23 years — fewer than half — in which a Holocaust book was not among the gold medalists. Presumably most of the purchasers of these books are parents, schools and libraries seeking to edify the youth — though certainly many kids adore reading about history and horror. More and more Jews seem to base Jewish identity on the Holocaust.
Biden’s Invisible Ideology
Their ideology is largely invisible but no less ideological for refusing to present itself out in the open. (As a recent Populace survey stated, Biden and Trump voters hold “collective illusions” about each other, and “what is often mistaken for breadth of political disagreement is actually narrow — if extremely intense — disagreement on a limited number of partisan issues.”) Biden’s ideology is, in fact, the old ideology of pragmatic progressive pluralism—the ideology of F.D.R. This is an ideology whose invisibility is guaranteed to disappoint all of us loudly articulate ideologues. This is a difficult wisdom—and one that, perhaps not accidentally, was offered often during the campaign by the man who is now Biden’s Transportation Secretary. Is Biden protected by the invisible armor of his ideology or merely naked to his enemies?
The C.D.C. Issues New School Guidance, With Emphasis on Full Reopening
made clear that masks could be optional for vaccinated people, in line with its recommendations for the general public. also strongly urged schools to promote vaccination, which the guidance called “one of the most critical strategies to help schools safely resume full operations.” Studies suggest that vaccines remain effective against the Delta variant. The country’s two major teachers’ unions, which have close relationships with the Biden administration, praised the guidance. Some parents who have advocated school reopening greeted the new guidelines with relief. The city finally allowed elementary school students to return in mid-April, but most middle and high school students were not able to do so at all.
Biden urges Putin to ‘take action to disrupt’ Russia-based hackers behind ransomware attacks.
Biden urges Putin to ‘take action to disrupt’ Russia-based hackers behind ransomware attacks. Video transcript Back bars 0:00 / 0:51 - 0:00 transcript Biden Calls for Putin to Act on Ransomware Attacks President Biden urged President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to act when ransomware attacks originate in his country and said the U.S. reserves the right to respond against hackers who launch attacks from Russia. Will there be, sir?” “Yes.” President Biden urged President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to act when ransomware attacks originate in his country and said the U.S. reserves the right to respond against hackers who launch attacks from Russia. Mr. Biden said he told Mr. Putin that during a face-to-face meeting in Geneva several weeks ago. The firing was the latest move by Mr. Biden to oust a Trump-appointed director of an independent executive agency.
GOP and Fox News rush to turn vaccine door-knockers into terrifying straw men
Added: 09.07.2021 12:18 | 24 views | 0 commentsRecent days have seen an onslaught of baseless, doomsday claims about what the effort would entail. Tucker Carlson even called it "the greatest scandal in my lifetime by far."
Trump doesn't seem to understand the meaning of the First Amendment
Trump doesn't seem to understand the meaning of the First AmendmentAdded: 09.07.2021 19:18 | 10 views | 0 commentsThe cases rest on the claim that Trump’s free speech rights are being denied by these social media platforms. But private companies cannot violate the First Amendment.
The Political Implications of White Evangelical Decline
There are inescapable political implications to any religious trend, and the fortunes of white Evangelicalism are no different. Among Republicans, two-thirds identify as white Christians of some persuasion, according to PRRI, with 29 percent identifying as white Evangelicals specifically, a decline from previous years that reflects the general downward slope of white Evangelical affiliation. Even so, the decline of white Evangelicals sends a deeper message. White Evangelicals haven’t lost their grip on political power quite yet, but their moral power is in question. Perhaps by siding with Trump, white Evangelicals are losing theirs, fast.
Darnella Frazier’s Nightmare Year
The plaudits that followed Darnella Frazier since last spring always seemed compensatory, as if they were trying to make up for something bad that had been done to her. It fueled protests and riots and formed the basis of an eventual murder conviction for the cop. That driver, Leneal Frazier, was Darnella Frazier’s uncle. It was the guarantee that, for all the pageantry of criminal trials, more violence would not be far off. Darnella Frazier is a witness twice over.
Virginia GOP Demands Investigation of Professor for Anti-Trump Tweets
Rich Anderson, the chairman of the Virginia Republican Party wrote to the president of the University of Virginia yesterday. Anderson’s letter demands UVA open an ethics investigation into Larry Sabato, the director of the school’s Center for Politics. Sabato’s alleged ethics violation is a series of mean tweets from his personal account, concerning Donald Trump. Yet millions of people and 90%+ of GOP members of Congress, still genuflect before this false god. Letters like the one to Virginia are a small taste of their determination to use state power to intimidate critics.
Biden Unveils Bid to Reform Economy Through Executive Power
Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesJoe Biden will sign a sweeping executive order Friday that aims to progressively reform America’s markets in labor, agriculture, health care, technology, internet service, transport, and more. If the president has his druthers, workers will gain more power over employers; small farmers over Big Ag; start-ups over Big Tech; rail passengers over freight companies; fliers over airlines; and rural areas over their hospitals. The executive order comprises 72 different actions and recommendations, united by the overarching theme of combating corporate consolidation and the abuses of power that arise from it. Meanwhile, some of Biden’s proposed reforms (such as the occupational licensing ban) concern state law, and would thus require the cooperation of authorities outside executive control. And after Donald Trump’s eviction from major social-media platforms, Big Tech might be more anathema to the right than to the left.
Opinion : Awards buoyed former New York Times editor who mistreated freelance photographers
Bruce and others had to put up with it because, by virtue of his position at the Times, Furst was perhaps the most powerful figure in international photojournalism. Decades ago, independent photojournalists seeking overseas assignments could turn to a number of publications, including weekly magazines and even some big-city newspapers with reasonably sized freelance budgets. “Life magazine was the place in the ’60s,” says veteran visual editor Alice Gabriner. “Interestingly, the New York Times and The Washington Post are what those news magazines once were,” says Gabriner. Photo editors have also taken to seeking local photographers in foreign countries, she adds, further undermining demand for parachuting freelancers.
Opinion : Liberal democracies are running out of time to save the rest of the planet from covid
Third, good intentions need to be backed by money. The International Monetary Fund maintains that roughly 60 percent of the world could be vaccinated by mid-2022 for $50 billion, a small sum compared with the trillions the United States has spent at home. The World Bank and other development agencies should prioritize grants or at least long-term, no-interest financing. The new director of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Samantha Power, who has written passionately about victims and the voiceless, now has an opportunity to show what USAID can do. Together, the G-7 should be able to reach the IMF’s 60 percent target to safeguard humankind — and their own citizens.
Jesse Watters' 'How I Saved the World' hits shelves to the delight of his most liberal fan: ‘My mother cried’
"The Five" co-host and "Watters World" namesake Jesse Watters added a new bullet point to his resume on Tuesday when his first book, "How I Saved the World," hit retailers to the delight of his most liberal fan. "I think liberals will enjoy that," he said. The "Watters’ World" host has observed a lot over the years while traveling America and considers himself a "cultural anthropologist" who studies liberals. Watters noted many liberal media members only interact with conservatives during election years, when they’re dispatched to places like Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. Watters has a solution: Democrats could understand conservative better by reading "How I Saved the World."
Sen. Mike Lee calls out Joy Reid's 'lazy attack' on critical race theory opponents
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, blasted MSNBC host Joy Reid Friday for her continued criticism of those opposed to the teaching of critical race theory (CRT). Lee called Reid’s comments a "lazy attack" on parents who have raised legitimate concerns with teachers talking about "how bad America is" in classrooms. "There is no question people in our history, even through our governments, have done things that were bad," Lee told "America’s Newsroom." "Generally speaking, the arc of history has shown us that America is unique in that it's devoted to identifying flaws and fixing them," Lee told co-host, Dana Perino. Lee argued the federal government should have a "very little role" in determining which curriculum is taught in schools and shouldn’t be "stepping in with critical race theory."
Appeals court axes FDA ban of electric shock on the disabled
A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., overturned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ban on the use of electric shock devices on people with mental disabilities by a Massachusetts residential school. The judges’ 2-1 decision this week will allow the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, Mass., to continue using shock devices on its residents. "We conclude that the FDA lacks the statutory authority to ban a medical device for a particular use," the majority judges wrote. After two years, the FDA announced it would ban the GED, but took another four years to finalize the rule. The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center Parents Association said in a statement that they supported the judges’ decision.
Redefine security by reinvesting in Rhode Island communities
Last year the average Rhode Island taxpayer paid $2,941.65 in federal income taxes to the Pentagon and military — over half of that went to military contractors. Here in Rhode Island, we know that to recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will need to rethink how we define security and reinvest in our local communities. The program establishes a dedicated public fund to support the creation of affordable housing in Rhode Island. While this helped in the short-term, the pending housing crisis in Rhode Island will soon reach new heights if Congress and the Rhode Island legislature don’t work together. In 2021, taxpayers in Rhode Island paid $2.34 billion towards the military.
DeSantis parts with Trump in response to Surfside tragedy
And he even skipped a rally in Sarasota headlined by former president Donald Trump, whose early endorsement was crucial in helping DeSantis win the governor’s race in 2018. SURFSIDE, Fla. — When the coronavirus ravaged Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis defiantly bucked mask mandates. But unlike the former president, DeSantis is showing that he can tone down some of his most extreme partisan rhetoric during a disaster. While effective responses to catastrophes can help burnish a governor’s political reputation, the boost can sometimes prove fleeting. Nikki Fried, Florida’s Democratic agriculture commissioner who has also announced a bid for governor, praised local officials, Biden, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Biden signs order to urge more scrutiny of big business
But Biden may find challenges in addressing that competition decline across diverse sectors of the economy — including Silicon Valley, Wall Street, chain restaurants, and large hospital networks — solely through executive action. A leading business lobbying group in Washington, the US Chamber of Commerce, panned the order. In the White House, he appointed Tim Wu, a Columbia University law professor and outspoken proponent of breaking up companies like Facebook, as a special adviser on competition. One of the targets of the executive order is mergers where big tech companies buy small companies that could become fierce competitors, snuffing out a rival before it gets off the ground. The order will also ask the Federal Communications Commission to adopt new restrictions on the practices of broadband internet providers like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon.
Tom Cole: Backdoor efforts to rewrite American story threaten our republic
Alarmingly, there are increasingly apparent threats to preserving our great republic, including a severe declining knowledge of U.S. history and civics and fading American pride of our youngest citizens. As introduced, this legislation would strengthen and expand access to civics and history education through federal grants to support teaching of these subjects without mandating a national curriculum. Concerns have multiplied since the Biden administration published guidance for the existing American History and Civics Education grant programs, citing the widely disputed 1619 Project that elevates critical race theory. Absent such, this speaks volumes about the administration’s desired direction for civics education and the importance of political narrative over historical fact. But I deeply oppose any backdoor efforts to rewrite the American story.
Biden nominates LA Mayor Eric Garcetti for India ambassador
But Garcetti was overmatched by a crisis of homelessness that became a national embarrassment despite the massive jump in government spending to fight it. Many streets and sidewalks remain cratered and crumbling, despite his early pledge to make fixing them a cornerstone of his administration. A lawsuit alleges that a former top staffer sexually harassed one of the mayor’s police bodyguards while Garcetti ignored it or laughed it off. One of his former deputy mayors was also indicted on corruption charges in an ongoing federal investigation at City Hall. And as is the case in many large cities, the crime rate in LA is spiking.
Jonathan Kay: The performative snobbery of social justice invades the supermarket
Share this Story: Jonathan Kay: The performative snobbery of social justice invades the supermarketJonathan Kay: The performative snobbery of social justice invades the supermarket Social justice has metastasized into a passcode-protected treehouse club, from which the privileged lecture those proles who lack fluency in the latest social-justice argot Photo by Peter J Thompson/National PostArticle content “Ottawa plans to teach non-racialized Canadians about systemic racism in new campaign,” read a CTV News headline on Wednesday. Try refreshing your browser, or Jonathan Kay: The performative snobbery of social justice invades the supermarket Back to video Reporters traditionally have felt duty-bound to debunk this kind of self-serving government bafflegab. Article content Conservative pundits have prattled on about “left-wing media bias” since the dawn of time. The idea of social justice was once based on the widely shared desire to help the poor and underprivileged. Article content Alas, social justice has instead metastasized into a passcode-protected treehouse club, from which the privileged lecture those proles who lack fluency in the latest social-justice argot.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Signs Bill Banning Critical Race Theory
Doug Ducey signed legislation on Friday banning local governments from teaching critical race theory. The governor's office said it was just the latest action Ducey has taken to "prohibit the concerning practice of critical race theory" in the state's public schools and government entities. The office called Ducey's actions "some of the best policies in the country to keep critical race theory" out of Arizona. Critical race theory, a decades-old theory , is the latest political debate in education. Republican-backed bills banning critical race theory or the teaching of topics on race and inequality are advancing in states across the country and piling up in Congress.
Biden fires head of Social Security Administration, a Trump holdover who drew the ire of Democrats
Saul’s firing came after a tumultuous six-month tenure in the Biden administration during which advocates for the elderly and the disabled and Democrats on Capitol Hill pressured the White House to dismiss him. He had clashed with labor unions that represent his 60,000 employees, who said he used union-busting tactics. Angry advocates say he dawdled while millions of disabled Americans waited for him to turn over files to the Internal Revenue Service to release their stimulus checks — and accused him of an overzealous campaign to make disabled people reestablish their eligibility for benefits.
Its President Assassinated, Haiti’s Future Is Uncertain - The New York Times
The killing has destroyed the Biden administration’s hopes (however far-fetched) for a peaceful transfer of power with elections presided over by Mr. Moïse. But that’s not to say that Haiti’s future is entirely up to the United States nor should it be. When the United States has stepped in, Haitians have ended up worse off. In the wake of the killing, U.S. Marines occupied Haiti and remained there for 19 years. The presidential mandate of Mr. Moïse itself was iffy, to say the least.
Opinion | Love and War, in Afghanistan
Their aspirations and can-do personalities filled us with the hope that this war would end differently than Vietnam. In turn, our presence filled them with hope that, after decades of civil war, Afghanistan could chart a different path. The first interpreter I hired fell in love with the girl next door — the only girl he knew. As the war dragged on, the love stories seemed to grow more audacious. In Afghanistan, a young man must marry to get any amount of female affection.
Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX): We Should Investigation Election Integrity “When We Have The Majority In 2022”
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX)talked about some of the reason why Republicans plan on looking into election integrity in 2022 if they win the House back from the Democrats. “I think when we have the majority in 2022, we absolutely ought to investigate it. There’s no doubt there was widespread fraud, error and corruption as a result of using the pandemic to lower the standards. So thank God Texas and Georgia and other states are working to shore up election integrity. But there ought to be basic standards like voter ID to register, like authenticating your mail-in ballot with a signature.
Biden announces ambassador picks for France, India, Chile and Bangladesh
President Joe Biden on Friday revealed the names of four new nominees to serve as U.S. ambassadors to nations including France, India, Bangladesh and Chile, the White House said in a press release. Biden will nominate Denise Campbell Bauer to be his ambassador to both France and Monaco. Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, was officially listed in the release as Biden's intended nominee to become U.S. ambassador to India. Peter Haas, a career member of the State Department's senior foreign service, was tapped to become Biden's ambassador to Bangladesh. Biden will also nominate Bernadette Meehan, currently the head of global programs for the Obama Foundation, to be his ambassador to Chile.
George Conway reacts to new book about Trump administration
Contributing columnist to The Washington Post George Conway reacts to a new book detailing a tense exchange between Donald Trump and Mike Pence.
Biden names more ambassador nominees, tapping LA mayor for India post
Biden also named Denise Campbell Bauer as his nominee for ambassador to Monaco. In 2019, she became the executive director of Women for Biden, a group that helped elect the president. Haas has worked in State Department positions at five different bureaus in his career, including in Mumbai, India. Biden’s fourth nominee on Friday was Bernadette Meehan, the executive vice president of global programs for the Obama Foundation. The Biden administration has said it plans to keep the ratio of career appointees to political appointees closer to the traditional 70 to 30 percent.
Biden climate advisor pushes clean energy standard for Democrats’ priority bill
Gina McCarthy, a top advisor to President Biden on domestic climate policy, said administration officials and Democrats in Congress are still discussing how to include a clean-energy standard for utilities in broad infrastructure legislation this year. Biden wants to ultimately produce all of the country’s electricity from carbon-free sources by 2035. McCarthy described the clean energy standard as “an important anchor” for the administration’s climate goals. Democrats have no votes to spare with the Senate split 50-50, and Biden will need to satisfy progressives as well as party moderates like Sens. But McCarthy said she thinks the White House will be able to keep the caucus united around a final package that includes the clean-energy standard: “Nobody is walking away from the table on this.”
Op-ed: Critical race theory, and Mike Pompeo’s cynical lies
But you don’t have to be a Christian to see the absurdity of Pompeo’s position. Of course our founding was flawed, as was our Constitution. Of course it was racist, because neither Black people nor Native Americans were allowed the same rights as whites. Of course it had elements of moral corruption in upholding slavery, the second-class status of women and the dispossession of Indigenous people. He might as well deny that the ocean is salty.
Football tickets and gift cards: Ohio State giving away $50,000 in prizes to vaccinated Buckeyes
Ohio State University announced Friday afternoon that it will give away $50,000 in prizes to fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff throughout the month of August. “We are planning for a robust reactivation of our campuses this fall, and a high vaccination rate will enable the kind of in-person activities that make the Ohio State experience special,” said Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson. Vaccinated students can record their status through My BuckMD, and employees can report their vaccination status through a university form. Students, faculty, staff all eligible to winStudents, faculty and staff from all of Ohio State's campuses are eligible to win. Johnson has said she wants to maintain that low rate so students, staff and faculty can have a close-to-normal school year.
Our view: Safety must not go up in smoke. Extinguishing fireworks bill was the right move
The Fourth of July death of Blue Jackets’ goalie Matiss Kivlenieks was a tragic reminder that fireworks are not toys. More:Police: Fireworks tube accidentally tipped, angled toward Blue Jackets goalie Matiss KivlenieksKivlenieks suffered extensive external injuries and fatal wounds to his heart and lungs. Discharging that very same firework would have been legal here if DeWine hadn't blocked Senate Bill 113. Between March and September 2020, fireworks injuries increased by 56%, to 15,600. More:911 calls reveal details on fireworks incident that killed NHL goalie Matiss KivlenieksBut there are more serious reasons DeWine was right to use his veto power.
Gov. Mike DeWine vetoes bill to legalize non-professional use of fireworks
COLUMBUS – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed a bill that would have allowed residents to set off fireworks on certain holidays. DeWine, a Republican, did not want to legalize fireworks in Ohio without more language to ensure Ohioans are kept safe. He noted Senate Bill 113 didn’t require safety measures recommended in the wake of the tragedy while doubling the allowable square footage of fireworks stores. Ohio lawmakers will review DeWine's veto message and discuss next steps, Senate GOP spokesman John Fortney said.
Letter: Liberal hordes
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Photo editorRick Wiley is the photo editor of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. From 1995-2004, he was director of photography at the East Valley Tribune in Mesa. From 1988-94 he was a photographer at the Tucson Citizen. He is a graduate of ASU (yes, that ASU).
Jen Psaki says Joe Biden believes US children need to learn country's 'challenging' history
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden believes children need to learn about the country's 'challenging' history as she answered a question Friday about his views on critical race theory being taught in school. 'And he believes, as I believe as a parent of children, that kids should learn about our history.' She promised to fight 'culture warriors' who attempt to limit lessons on racism and discrimination by labeling it as critical race theory. Many of the bills are intended to bar the teaching of critical race theory - an academic framework that examines history through the lens of racism. Once an obscure academic idea, critical race theory has become a political rallying cry for Republicans who argue that it sows division and makes children feel guilty for being white.
Meat mogul’s low-cost medical testing labs fill gap for Mexico’s uninsured
At the beginning of the new millennium, Salud Digna got its start as a backroom operation in Jesus Vizcarra’s office. I bring up this case because I think it highlights a weak point in the Salud Digna business model. Salud Digna could be considered a fast-food-style laboratory, offering what most people need but no more. One such Mexican is Rosalía, a satisfied Salud Digna customer. “Amoooo a Salud Digna [I loooove Salud Digna].
Peru’s Pedro Castillo Can Break With Neoliberalism for Good
After actually running as the anti-neoliberal candidate against Vargas Llosa in 1990, Fujimori adopted Vargas Llosa’s neoliberal economic advisor Hernando de Soto and implemented the standard IMF package: deregulation, privatization, liberalization, etc. This became a kind “neoliberalism from below” and it paid major political and ideological dividends. The Fujimorismo of the ’90s is a political project combining the most antidemocratic aspects of technocratic neoliberalism and the most antidemocratic traditions of military dictatorship. Keiko Fujimori has basically been the caretaker of that legacy, adapting it to the current democratic rule of law from her seat in Congress. At the same time, that shouldn’t be taken to mean that anti-communism is somehow immutable or will always be politically effective.
All of Us Should Be Working Four-Day Weeks
In Iceland, the Reykjavik City Council, the trade union confederation BSRB, and the national government ran a series of trials of a four-day working week between 2015 and2019 — the world’s largest experiment thus far in shortening working hours without slashing wages. Thanks to a series of successfully negotiated contracts in 2019–2021, 86 percent of Iceland’s working population has either already moved to shortened working hours or gained the right to negotiate such reductions in the future. In fall 2021, Spain will follow suit with its own pilot of a four-day week, providing financial aid to companies that cut the working week to thirty-two hours without reducing wages. Indeed, employers ultimately have little incentive to take on the immediate costs of reducing working hours while keeping wages the same. Boosting union membership thus appears to be a necessary first step in order to maximize the positive impact of reduced working hours.
Drought Takes Hold of California
From the Mexican border all the way north through this vast state, California is on yet another extreme heat watch, and yet another red alert for wildfires. At the same time, the West’s access to water is rapidly dwindling, as a brutal drought takes hold. The result has been a water shortage far worse than at a comparable point in the last drought, which lasted from 2011 to 2017. Where California’s water systems are now, barely two years into this drought, is where those same systems were at least three years into the previous extreme dry period, in 2014–15. Over the coming months, thousands of wells, and many small-town water systems, will fail as climate change-induced extreme heat and drought tighten their vise on the region.
Election officials ban German Communist Party from running candidates
The red flag of the German Communist Party flies in front of the Bundestag building in Berlin. | via DKPBERLIN—A committee of the German parliament responsible for preparing the election scheduled for Sept. 26 decided on Thursday not to allow the German Communist Party (DKP) to run for office. The actions of the Federal Election Committee present a very serious problem for the DKP—beyond just the upcoming election. Köbele said that although the decision was not an open outlawing of the party, it was in effect a “cold” party ban. “In 1933, the Communist Party was banned by the fascists, in 1956 by [Chancellor Konrad] Adenauer.
Joe Biden Just Threw Down the Anti-Monopoly Gauntlet—but One Big Question Remains
Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! For more from The Nation, check out our latest issueSubscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Joe Biden just threw a big punch at corporate monopolies, one of the biggest executive branch punches of any president in the last 40 years. Since Bill Clinton became president, corporate Democrats have been in the driver’s seat when it comes to economic policy, and shut down all dissenters in the antimonopoly policy. However, one key anti-monopoly question still remains for the president: his choice as the Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division.
AFL-CIO wants workers ‘front and center’ in battling global warming
AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler says that workers must be placed front and center in the fight against global warming. CC4.0WASHINGTON—Workers, especially union workers, should be “front and center” in the battle to reverse global warming, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler says. And she made the point that global warming is here, proceeding more quickly and negatively than people realize. So is most of the Western U.S.That doesn’t seem to budge global warming deniers in corporate suites or Congress. They weren’t junked in a bipartisan green energy tax credit bill the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, headed by Shuler’s home-state Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., approved.
Critical race theory hysteria overshadows the importance of teaching kids about racism
This is one reason why I get so frustrated at all the bad takes circulating among politicians, social media, and the news related to critical race theory and the teaching of America’s racial history in K-12 classrooms. A well-meaning parent should want their children to understand CRT, American exceptionalism, as well as other frameworks they can use to understand American society. It’s actually because of this that I’ve made it my life’s work to help young people understand history so that they can create a better future. There’s also value in teaching kids to evaluate information from multiple perspectives — it makes them better at every aspect of life. She has designed curriculum for and currently teaches courses on US history, African American history, Native American history, and racial issues in American society.
In A Bid To Reopen Schools, The CDC Said Fully Vaccinated Students And Teachers Don't Need Masks
Students at Wyandotte County High School wear masks as they walk through a hallway on the first day of in-person learning at the school in Kansas City, Kansas, on March 31, 2021. The CDC released new guidance on Friday that pushes all schools in the US to fully reopen in the fall and stresses that students and teachers don't need to wear masks if they are fully vaccinated. In May, the agency had recommended the use of masks for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. But the new guidance says only teachers, students, and staff who are not fully vaccinated and who are indoors should wear masks. Many students, parents, and teachers felt the toll of virtual learning even as several teachers unions resisted reopening efforts.
Opinion | It’s Not Your Job to Save Your Kids From Boredom
But it’s clear by now that all this expensive enrichment won’t ensure kids’ success. Perhaps that’s why Gen Z has shown astute awareness of the dangers of overwork, with some high-profile Zoomers demonstrating acts of radical self-preservation. Gen Z seems to have accepted that no matter how much you love your job, your job won’t love you back. Their parents — Gen Xers and even older millennials — were late to this lesson, and if they learned it at all, it was often only when they hit a wall with burnout. Your kids may complain a little (or a lot) about losing some of their organized fun, since boredom is a feeling they’ve rarely experienced.
Biden nominates LA mayor Eric Garcetti for India ambassador
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti arrives for an event to honor the 2020 World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team at the White House, Friday, July 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti arrives for an event to honor the 2020 World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team at the White House, Friday, July 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)President Joe Biden has nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as ambassador to India, the White House said Friday, selecting a high-profile ally to serve in one of the most difficult diplomatic posts. Garcetti, who considered a 2020 White House bid and later became part of Biden’s inner circle, emerged as a widely discussed possibility to join Biden’s Cabinet last year. ___Associated Press writer Michael R. Blood in Los Angeles contributed reporting.
Sackler family banned — temporarily — from putting their name on buildings as part of $4.5 billion opioid settlement
Members of the Sackler family, owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, will be barred from putting their name on buildings, hospitals or other institutions that they donate money to under the terms of Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy agreement. Under the agreement, the Sackler family will pay $4.5 billion over the next nine years to help prevent and treat opioid abuse in the states participating in the deal. Members of the Sackler family will also pay the federal government $225 million, while admitting no wrongdoing, under a separate civil settlement. It will be in effect while the Sacklers pay out the $4.5 billion, which will happen over the next nine years. But Oregon’s attorney general wanted the deal to go further.
Op-Ed: After Garcetti, who leads Los Angeles?
Is it something about Los Angeles that led Mayor Eric Garcetti to accept President Biden’s nomination as ambassador to India? When organization and structure existed already — for revitalizing the Los Angeles River, for example, and expanding public transit — Garcetti delivered. The “big idea” that will renew Los Angeles remains elusive, however. Garcetti’s willingness to depart reveals that what currently passes for civic culture in Los Angeles has little room for loyalty to Los Angeles. AdvertisementD. J. Waldie’s most recent book is “Becoming Los Angeles: Myth, Memory, and a Sense of Place.”
Editorial: Time for an end to the freewheeling Big Tech era
Another week, another high-profile effort to rein in Big Tech. AdvertisementWe’re seeing all this now in part because both sides of the political divide have turned on Big Tech. Big Tech companies insist that they aren’t standing in the way of competition, but instead giving consumers what they want. The issue for policymakers and the courts, though, is whether the public is losing something by not having more competition to provide the services Big Tech platforms provide and not seeing more turnover at the top. The internet flourished in its formative years with little or no regulation, The sustained dominance of a handful of Big Tech companies, however, shows that those days are over.
Biden nominates LA mayor Eric Garcetti for India ambassador
The White House also announced Friday that Biden is nominating Democratic fundraiser Denise Bauer to serve as ambassador to Monaco, career foreign service officer Peter Haas to serve as ambassador to Bangladesh and former Obama-era national security aide Bernadette Meehan to serve as ambassador to Chile. Garcetti, if confirmed, would be dispatched to India as it has been overwhelmed by a surge in coronavirus infections and deaths. President Joe Biden has nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as ambassador to India, the White House said Friday, selecting a high-profile ally to serve in one of the most difficult diplomatic posts. AdvertisementGarcetti, who considered a 2020 White House bid and later became part of Biden’s inner circle, emerged as a widely discussed possibility to join Biden’s Cabinet last year. But Garcetti was overmatched by a crisis of homelessness that became a national embarrassment despite the massive jump in government spending to fight it.
It's dumb to keep COVID-19 land travel restrictions between Mexico and the United States
What a dumb move to keep COVID-19-related land travel restrictions between Mexico and the United States. Border cities are bearing the worst of thisMayors of border cities are sounding the alarm over the economic impact in their cities that heavily rely on legal border crossers. That specifically targets Mexican tourists who legally cross the border by land to shop at nearby stores. Mexican land tourists wouldn’t be taking shots that otherwise could go to Americans because anyone who wants a shot can and does get it. It's just smart smart economics to help border businesses – unless, of course, the feds really want to put them out of business permanently.
LETTER: Ohio uses virus relief money for tax cuts
Steve Sisolak. (Cathleen Allison/Las Vegas Review-Journal)Three hurrahs to our comrades in Ohio. Despite rules from the Politburo (Congress) mandating that federal virus relief funds be spent to grow government, Ohio has won a court case and may now decide for itself how to progress. Ohio is now free to pass tax-cuts that will let working people keep more of their wages and decide for themselves how to spend their hard-earned money. Steve Sisolak should call that special session and reallocate the $2.7 billion in federal aid to include at least a small sliver for the working class to keep for themselves.
Illinois becomes first state to require teaching of Asian American history in public schools
The measure was approved on a 108-10 vote in the House, where some Republicans argued that curriculum decisions should be left up to local school districts. It passed without opposition in the Senate, where it was sponsored by Democratic Sen. Ram Villivalam of Chicago, the first Indian and Asian American to serve in the chamber.
Marilyn Manson surrenders to police in connection with an arrest warrant in New Hampshire where he allegedly assaulted a videographer at a concert
The victim, a videographer, was in the venue’s stage pit area at the time of the alleged assault, Gilford police previously said. The misdemeanor charges can each result in a jail sentence of less than a year and a $2,000 fine if convicted.
The Sha’Carri Richardson discourse shows most fans don’t care about athletes as people
All she could do after seeing her sensational results from the US Olympic trials disqualified was say she was sorry. Who am I to tell you how to cope when you’re dealing with a pain or you’re dealing with a struggle that you’ve never experienced before or that you never thought you’d have to deal with. Harrington also discussed the irony that Richardson won the trials in a state where marijuana is legal for both medical and recreational use. And having to then go out and compete?”“Yes, rules are rules, and I will always acknowledge that. If your mother just passed away, who cares how you’re feeling, Sha’Carri Richardson.
Biden urges Putin to ‘take action to disrupt’ Russia-based hackers behind ransomware attacks.
Biden urges Putin to ‘take action to disrupt’ Russia-based hackers behind ransomware attacks. President Biden, right, and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia greeted each other last month in Geneva, Switzerland, during their first meeting. Mr. Biden said he told Mr. Putin that during a face-to-face meeting in Geneva several weeks ago. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, offered few details about the call beyond what the White House released in the statement. White House officials announced some of the other initiatives on Wednesday, including action to restrict the widespread use of noncompete clauses and occupational licensing requirements that the White House has described as harmful to workers.
A Group of Scientists Presses a Case Against the Lab Leak Theory of Covid
Among other things, the scientists point to a recent report showing that markets in Wuhan, China, had sold live animals susceptible to the virus, including palm civets and raccoon dogs, in the two years before the pandemic began. The back and forth among scientists is taking place while intelligence agencies are working with an end-of-summer deadline to provide President Biden with an assessment of the origin of the pandemic. There is now a division among intelligence officials as to which scenario for viral origin is more likely. The new paper, which was posted online on Wednesday but has yet to be published in a scientific journal, was written by a team of 21 virologists. Four of them also collaborated on a 2020 paper in Nature Medicine that largely dismissed the possibility that the virus became a human pathogen through laboratory manipulation.
Biden tells Putin the U.S. will take ‘any necessary action’ after latest massive ransomware attack, White House says
“Let me say that the president is a believer in face-to-face diplomacy when possible and leader-to-leader diplomacy when that’s not possible,” she said. “And this is the first time, even though ransomware attacks have been increasing over the past 18 months, if not longer, that there has been this level of engagement.
Opinion:The worst speech of Biden's presidency
First, Biden contended that he was bound by a 2020 Trump administration agreement with the Taliban to withdraw all US troops by May 2021. It was also predicated on the Taliban engaging with the Afghan government in real peace negations. Trump administration officials denied the allegations. The US military consists of 1.3 million active-duty personnel and yet it can't leave 2,500 troops in Afghanistan? To use another trademark Biden expression, his Afghanistan speech was a bunch of malarkey.
Unleashed Innovation Is the Future of National Security
It is time for us to focus our efforts on building the critical capabilities required for our new security landscape. To the extent that federal legislation is introduced, it should bolster, not redirect, existing market competition for critical technologies. Critical technologies are key to production that is truly optimized, a path toward empowerment instead of a path of least resistance. This is why federal action should account for the power of the private sector to guide our resources, not vice versa. Technological innovations stemming from our private sector now will allow us to do both at once.
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Raimondo on China, Biden’s infrastructure plan, and leaving her home stateIn the first episode of Globe Rhode Island’s new weekly podcast, the US Commerce Secretary and former R.I. governor talks candidly about getting the economy back on track, what Red states are up against, and what she’ll miss most about Rhode Island.
Back again, digitally enhanced
You might live on as an (artificially) intelligent entity, capable of learning and adapting to new developments in your life. For “life,” read: “death.”In this vein, Microsoft owns a patent on a posthumous “chatbot,” a Bill-Gates-meets-Madame-Blavatsky gizmo offering a digital connection to the Next World. It’s heartening to imagine an improved, digitally resurrected me. AI Alex would theoretically avoid the many mistakes committed by Analog Alex. That is precisely the kind of juvenile outburst that AI Alex would avoid.
The Thoreau I didn’t know
It was as if I were studying for a test I didn’t know I would have to take. Henry David Thoreau got a lot of good press in 2020 during the pandemic. A small event, but like many other events Thoreau witnessed or was part of, one he made large through his writing. No other person has been more eloquent and passionate in getting this idea across than Henry David Thoreau.”Thoreau, unlike King, didn’t truly suffer and certainly didn’t make the ultimate sacrifice for his cause. His newest book is “Quiet Desperation, Savage Delight: Sheltering with Thoreau in the Age of Crisis.” Send comments to magazine@globe.com.
Talking to strangers, it turns out, is very good for us
But I’d also spent the past few years working on a book about talking to strangers — why we don’t do it, when we will, and what happens when we do. But I also just started talking to a lot of strangers. A raft of new psychological research has found that talking to strangers can enhance feelings of happiness and belonging, increase trust and optimism, alleviate loneliness, and even reduce prejudice. Talking to strangers, it turns out, is very good for us. AdvertisementJoe Keohane’s new book, “The Power of Strangers: The Benefits of Connecting in a Suspicious World,” will be published July 13.
As court’s term ends, inquiring minds turn to Justice Breyer’s retiring mind
Liberals are pressuring Justice Stephen Breyer to retire, despite his remaining fit. Justice Breyer should be praised for devotion to duty. The problem is McConnell, not BreyerIt seems to me that Justice Stephen Breyer is not the concern. He has already declared that he might not allow President Biden to fill a seat, should one vacate. We need clear and lawful guidelines, passed by Congress, to assure at least a semblance of fairness in the seating of the Supreme Court.
The United States has yet to fully abolish slavery
AdvertisementClinton’s nonchalant recounting of the unpaid labor in the governor’s mansion — with no apparent concern over what is part of America’s legacy of slavery — is reflective of just how much slavery, and unpaid Black labor in particular, has shaped American culture. And that’s not only because the United States was built on slavery, but also because slavery was actually never fully abolished. While at least four states allow for unpaid labor, other states pay prisoners wages as low as a dime an hour. That the United States has the world’s largest incarcerated population and allows for underpaid, unpaid, and involuntary prison labor should be a major concern for lawmakers. If they actually believe they are still the party of Lincoln, then they should join Democrats and finally abolish all forms of slavery in the United States.
Give people safe access to public waters
Increasing fines is not a terrible idea on its face if it discourages reckless swimming in particularly dangerous public waters and raises funds for water safety and education programs. But it should be done selectively in areas where swimming access is truly a higher risk. AdvertisementInstead, the state ought to be helping people use more public waters more responsibly and safely. Moreover, the answer to unequal access to water safety education is not to close off relatively safe areas where mostly experienced swimmers exercise in the open water. AdvertisementThe devastating high toll of drownings this year may be evidence that more people want to access public waters, and more people therefore incur the real risks posed by swimming in natural areas.
Biden’s infrastructure plan could unfairly tax Northeast businesses
Workers for these businesses take pride in knowing they are the force behind products and services that the world depends on. This law is a complex, broken tax that US multinational companies pay on what they sell abroad. This would amount to automatic tax increases in dozens of states — including for companies in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and more throughout the Northeast. When it comes down to it, many of these Democratic senators voted against the GILTI tax when it was passed as part of the 2017 tax reforms — and there’s no good reason to embrace doubling it now. AdvertisementScott A. Hodge is president of the Tax Foundation, a nonprofit research organization in Washington, D.C. Daniel Bunn is vice president of global projects at the Tax Foundation.
America's blind spot: Thousands of drivers shouldn't be licensed
Watch the short documentary: See the crashes, hear from those who have lost loved ones, and understand the government failings that led to these tragedies. Joshua Morin struggles to recover from a deadly New Hampshire crash. In Wisconsin, the Rizzo family suffered an unimaginable loss. Produced by Caitlin Healy, Brendan McCarthy, and Anush Elbakyan. Shot and edited by Caitlin Healy.
Race, class, and opportunity in Boston schools
There's a lack of racial diversity among the state’s educators, particularly superintendents of color whose numbers and tenure are low. Especially at a time of national racial awareness, education advocates are pushing to cut down on that disparity, saying it is critical for Black, Latino, and Asian students to see themselves reflected in their teachers and school leaders.
Future-proofing the presidency
Hiding the evidenceDonald Trump got away with thwarting investigations of wrongdoing by his campaign and his White House. Without reforms, future criminals could exploit the powers of the presidency to even more dangerous ends.
How to speak out against antisemitism
Public officials were quick to speak out after the brutal July 1 stabbing of Rabbi Shlomo Noginski outside Shaloh House, the Jewish day school and synagogue in Brighton. That’s one point worth underscoring by anyone who wants to go beyond mere platitudes when addressing antisemitism. Yet few Black elected officials have emerged as stalwart leaders against antisemitism. They need public officials who can repudiate antisemitism without buts or caveats, and not as merely one of many forms of bigotry. Never within living memory has it been so important for public officials and opinion leaders to understand that.
Belarus scales up crackdown on independent media
They also searched the apartment of journalist Tanya Smotkina in the town of Glubokoye in Belarus' north, and the offices of Informprogulka and Media-Polesye media outlets in Luninets and a local newspaper in Hantsevichi in the country's west. Overall, 32 Belarusian journalists are currently in custody, either serving their sentences or awaiting trial, the Belarusian Association of Journalists said. Konstantin Bychek, a deputy head of the KGB's investigative department, said the raids and arrests were part of a broad sweep against “radical-minded individuals." The authorities responded to demonstrations with a massive crackdown that saw more than 35,000 people arrested and thousands beaten by police. Leading opposition figures have been either jailed or forced to leave the country.
Policing, race heating up the pages of opinions in Richmond-based federal appeals court
"Thus, the dissent repeatedly evokes the grief and trauma of gun deaths only in the name of a familiar cause: police and prisons. But, added Gregory, "I am skeptical that this logic genuinely respects and represents the humanity, dignity, and lived experience of those the dissent ventures to speak for." "The dissent entirely disregards the systems, relationships, and foundational problems that have perpetuated Baltimore’s epidemic of violence," he wrote. "Baltimore was the first city to implement formal racial segregation in 1910; subsequently, the federal government further 'redlined' the city — assigning racial categories to city blocks and restricting home buying accordingly," he wrote. I do not accept, however, that some neighborhoods in Baltimore are hopeless absent this aerial surveillance," wrote Gregory.
From hearing aids to lost luggage: How Biden’s new executive order could save you money
The White House says that the new measures aim to “lower prices for families, increase wages for workers, and promote innovation and even faster economic growth”. Specifically, the executive order goes for quick wins by attempting to boost competition for many everyday items and services bought by Americans. Here are some of the highlights from the order which includes 72 initiatives involving more than a dozen federal agencies. Shockingly, the White House says that only 14 per cent of the 48 million Americans with hearing loss use hearing aids as they cost on average $5,000 and are often not covered by health insurance. The order also establishes a White House Competition Council, led by Brian Deese, the director of the National Economic Council, which will monitor progress on finalising and implementing the initiatives.
Even With Everything Else, Don't Lose Sight of the Religious Right's War on Women's Right to Privacy
Mike DeWine, the governor of Ohio, which is in no way a “swing state” anymore, is another of those supposedly reasonable Republicans. Don’t worry your pretty little heads about it, DeWine assured the women in Ohio. Margaret Atwood should sue Texas for theft of intellectual property. “It’s completely inverting the legal system,” said Stephen Vladeck, a constitutional law professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Your neighbors are.”… Critics say the Texas law amounts to a kind of hack of the legal system.
The Espionage Act & Julian Assange — 4: In Hot & Cold War
Part four of a six-part series on Julian Assange and the Espionage Act. By Joe LauriaSpecial to Consortium NewsWith few exceptions, American newspapers voluntarily censored themselves in the Second World War before the government dictated it. The most significant 1950 change to the Espionage Act was to remove intent and make mere retention of defense information illegal. That set Poff off on a one-man campaign to extend the reach of the Espionage Act to the entire globe. The Espionage Act thus became global, ensnaring anyone anywhere in the world into the web of U.S. jurisdiction.
Opinion | Democrats Have a Year to Save the Planet
A century from now, our descendants may look back on the next year or so as a hinge in history. Or consider an alternative exhibit, in some side gallery, that sadly reflects on an enormous lost opportunity. Despite recognizing the epic stakes in the fight against climate change, the president goes too small, capitulates too easily. Only in the long view can we appreciate the consequence of the moment. And in the long view, we’re running out of time.
Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Omits Big Climate Measures
“Those two things must go hand in hand for it to have my support,” she said. Mr. Manchin, who represents a coal-rich state, is unlikely to support a plan designed to end demand for coal. adviser in the Clinton administration, speaking of Democrats’ failed attempt to use the reconciliation process to raise the minimum wage. Democrats could lose their thin Senate majority in next year’s midterm elections, effectively ending the road for Mr. Biden’s legislative agenda. Absent a clean electricity standard, Mr. Biden could still use regulations governing utilities and tailpipe emissions to try to tamp down emissions.
Refuting a Gun-Hugger Argument Against Banning High-Capacity Firearms
Banning high-capacity firearms such as AR-15s will not eliminate all murders; no one is claiming it would. But it would significantly reduce the number of mass murders. But without a high-capacity firearm, it’s almost impossible to kill dozens of people in minutes. To anyone out there who opposes any new regulations of gun sales: Please shut up. You only have about five or six talking points and I’ve heard them all before.
Cartoon: Bipartisanship in the apocalypse
Gone was nearly all of the climate change portion of the bill that Biden proposed, which would have rolled climate change solutions into a much larger bill. Biden and the moderates are so desperately trying to get largely climate-denying Republicans on board in the name of “bipartisanship” that the sweeping measures needed to fight climate change are continually at risk of getting weakened. I sure hope Democrats are able to jam through a big climate change bill using reconciliation. Of course, that’s not as friendly and bipartisan as we’d hope, but the days of a sane Republican party are over . Enjoy the cartoon, and be sure to check out some of my behind-the-scenes videos and sketches over on my Patreon pages — where you can support my work and keep the cartoons coming!
How About The Stuart Scott School of Journalism at UNC?
Walter Hussman Jr. isn’t alone in his effort. In North Carolina there is a guy named Art Pope. Walter Hussman Jr. showed none of those values with his involvement trying to influence how another foundation’s gift was received at UNC. Walter Hussman Jr. made a big splash with the announcement of his pledge of $25 million dollars to UNC and specifically the School of Journalism. UNC has another man who graduated from there who does represent the values Hussman’s newspapers claim, his name is Stuart Scott.
Caveat Emptor
There was a good diary yesterday, The Chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute Says the Surfside Condo Collapse Victims Deserved to Die, that got me to thinking. One of which was a bottle of liquid morphine with a handwritten label marked poison over the stock label. Surfside Condo is a lesson in what economist Paul Krugman calls ‘Lemon Capitalism’. Up until 10 years ago Florida had a law requiring condo inspections every five years. The Surfside Condo collapse will have consequences.
Education that uses advocacy and social justice offers more possibilities for incarcerated students
While incarcerated, Elster learned that she could apply to take classes at Feather River Community College, which enabled her to earn her associate’s degree. “I grew up in East Oakland and I was never really exposed to anything really outside of that community,” Elster told Prism. “I’d actually started preparing and writing my personal statements while incarcerated,” Elster said. Each school works with community organizations to provide a Bard College education to communities that are typically locked out of opportunities for higher education. The Just Community Leadership microcollege hopes to serve as an institution of higher education that is embedded within and created for those communities that have been long neglected.
President Biden: It's time for Operation Warp Speed II
I propose that President Biden call his rural/underserved communities vaccine outreach program “Operation Warp Speed II” and, at the same time, double his efforts. As part of this, President Biden should address the nation. He should credit President Trump and Operation Warp Speed with the amazing achievement of funding the vaccines, reducing Covid and allowing this amazing economic recovery along with the Biden administration’s work to get the vaccines distributed and administered. Invite President Trump to make a statement encouraging vaccination, or play the clip from Fox News where he said people should get vaccinated. I realize that giving President Trump more credit than he deserves and minimizing his otherwise disastrous response to Covid may give President Trump a certain legitimacy he doesn’t deserve and potentially help him in 2024.
While Biden works to strengthen democracy at home and abroad, Trump is still ‘doing Putin's work’
We have people within our own country who are doing Putin’s work. In the U.S., one party has become a major illiberal outlier: The Republican Party. Trump is not just Putin’s puppet, he’s unwittingly acting in the interests of the Chinese government as well. President Biden, meanwhile, has been not only working to pass progressive legislative policies, he’s been working to strengthen our very system of democracy. In other words, he’s been doing America’s work.
Oligarchy: When Brutal Capitalism Becomes More Important than Democracy
Image by Gerd Altmann from PixabayIn an oligarchy, the rich can get away with anything and average people who try to stop harms to themselves and their communities get crushed. Then, as the Washington Post noted yesterday:“The family members — including Richard Sackler, David Sackler, Mortimer D.A. But because the crime they committed was mostly against average Americans rather than against big companies or rich people, they’ll quietly retire to one of their chalets or mansions. It has transformed America from a democracy to an oligarchy, and the point of no return is now visible. And that presents a true crisis for America, because oligarchy is almost always merely a transitional phase in the evolution of full-blown tyranny and/or fascism.
Texas Gun Laws Reaping The Rancid Harvest They Have Sown. An Innocent Teen Astros Fan Pays Price.
I want to make something clear here-there are horriffic acts of gun violence daily nationwide. David Castro was 17 years-old with a massive intellect, a love for people, and a bright future that could have changed the world. By making a gun as easy to get as a Swiss Army Knife at Wal-Mart, it seems all efforts to protect the citizenry from gun crime has been abandoned. Out of the three people in the truck, 17-year-old David Castro was the only one struck. They have to go because it was not a throwing knife that took the life of David Castro.
Republicans push a claim they know is not just false, but deadly, because hate is all they've got
As NPR reports, low vaccination rates in Republican counties are creating centers of disease that threaten to spread into a fourth wave across the nation. This is particularly true of southwest Missouri, which has emerged as the go-to place for a delta variant explosion. As KMOV reports, Missouri has been ranked as the “least safe state” both on the chances of testing positive for COVID-19 and the chances of dying from the disease. Instead, as ABC News reports, Republican Gov. Carlson probably regrets making those statements on Tuesday, because they actually came before President Biden discussed door-to-door volunteers, leaving Carlson with a shortage of superlatives for his next assault.
Texas Republicans start another push to make it harder for Black and brown people to vote
Republicans claim that these measures are all necessary to crack down on election fraud. Texas Democrats are vowing to keep up their fight to block these voter suppression measures, up to and including walking out again to deny Republicans the quorum they need. But when Texas Democrats blocked the last voter suppression effort, they made clear that they cannot do this all on their own. “Federal lawmakers need to get their shit together and pass the For The People Act,” one lawmaker tweeted at the time. “The president understands us to be in a moment of peril in terms of our democracy.
Starting a New Discussion
However, there's little discussion on the pushes and pulls that are making our world less safe and how to use arms control to dampen those tensions. In addition, there's little discussion of the history of diplomacy and the various times the world was plunged into war and how many lives were lost. As writer Daryl Kimball stated in this story "Engage China on Arms Control? As stated by Kimball, Biden should work toward a bilateral nuclear security with China that takes Chinese concerns into account. However, a real discussion will not take place without leadership, perhaps from Blinken.
Governments must adopt a strong political declaration that the global crisis mandates
Governments must unite together to adopt a strong Ministerial Declaration at the ongoing United Nations High Level Political Forum(Image by CNS) Details DMCABecause if they do not, then we are doomed to fail to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 (for which only 104 months are left). The Covid-19 pandemic and cascading humanitarian crises warrant governments to adopt a strong enough Ministerial Declaration at HLPF 2021 which is critical for progressing towards a resilient recovery post-pandemic as well as for SDGs. The Ministerial Declaration is a major outcome of the HLPF, but sadly our governments failed to adopt one last year. To achieve this, it is an absolute imperative that the governments at the HLPF adopt a strong Ministerial Declaration this year to address these issues effectively. Even before the pandemic, a large majority of the global population was reeling under the severe impact of deep rooted injustices and inequalities.
Biden “Dealt a Better Hand” Than Any President Ever, Stephen Miller Claims
“No president in history has been dealt a better hand on day one than President Biden,” Miller said on Fox News’ “Hannity” program. Miller went on to tout what he considered Trump’s major accomplishments, suggesting that they have helped Biden since he took office earlier this year. “Think about what President Trump left him and what it’s become,” Miller said. “He left him a Middle East that was at the dawn of a new peace, the most secure border in American history, energy abundance — and we had more energy than we knew what to do with.”Stephen Miller: No President in history has been dealt a better hand on day one than President Biden. However, the most obvious omission by Miller was the coronavirus pandemic, with the daily death rate in the U.S. at its highest during the weeks as Trump left office and Biden assumed the presidency.
Constitutional lawyers call Trump’s First Amendment defense against Jan. 6 lawsuits ‘spurious’
However, relying on such grounds could result in weakening First Amendment protections, while simultaneously “devastating” enforcement if courts interpret political intimidation laws as requiring proof of perpetrators’ intent, they wrote. Rather than apply those First Amendment tests with potentially harmful and unintended consequences to democracy, it would be better to shore up political-intimidation laws, they said, since many modern forms of intimidation do not involve threats of imminent violence but coercion of voters and elections officials.
Admiral James Stavridis (Ret) Pulling Out Of Afghanistan Is A Strategic Miscalculation That Will Cost Us In The Long Term
Admiral James Stavridis (Ret) former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and author of “2034: A Novel of the Next World War” tells Brian Kilmeade he feels the decision to pull troops out of Afghanistan is a strategic miscalculation that will cost us in the long term. Stavridis says the mission is not over in Afghanistan and worries about the Afghan forces being able to prevent a resurgence of al Qaeda once we pull out. Stavridis believes there is a one in three chance there will be a positive outcome if we fund the Afghan security forces and provide them with support and training. Conversely, Stavridis says there is a two in three chance the wheels come off and Afghanistan heads into a civil war. Click here to order 2034: A Novel of the Next World War
Kennedy Saves The Economy
This week, Kennedy sits down with Professor of Economics at King’s College, Brian Brenberg, to discuss the principles of liberty-minded economics. Brian shares the story of how he developed his economic philosophy, the importance of the Austrian School of Economics and the monetary problems that America is facing. Follow Kennedy on Twitter: @KennedyNation
Washington Post breaks rank with Democrats on giving ‘poor kids’ choices in education
The liberal Washington Post editorial board on Thursday broke rank with the left and pondered why Democrats are so opposed to giving poor children a choice in schooling. Opportunity Scholarship Program. Perhaps that's why public support for school choice is also at an all-time high. According to a recent poll from RealClear Opinion Research, a 74-percent majority support school choice, while 16 percent oppose it and 10 percent are unsure. More than 15 other states across the country either established new programs or expanded existing ones to meet rising parent demand for alternatives to traditional public schools.
Critical race theory was an obscure academic doctrine — until the GOP weaponized it | Opinion
Yet until maybe six months ago, I had never heard of “critical race theory.”It has since become inescapable, of course — panicked Republicans marching in the streets under signs demanding, “Stop Critical Race Theory Now!” while states like Oklahoma, Texas, Florida and Tennessee rush to pass laws protecting children from its depredations. One almost expects critical race theory to come lumbering over the horizon like Godzilla, swatting away fighter jets like gnats as grim-faced generals ponder the advisability of using nukes. Only one claimed detailed prior knowledge of critical race theory. A search of the Nexis database finds that the term “critical race theory” appeared in U.S. newspapers 1,361 times in the 21 years between January 2000 and New Year’s Day, 2021. Today, it’s critical race theory.
John B. Sanfilippo & Son Declares Special Cash Dividend Of $2.30 Per Share
Associated PressPresident Joe Biden is set to sign on Friday an executive order that the White House bills as an effort to target anticompetitive practices in tech, health care and other parts of the economy while boosting workers' wages and consumer protections. The sweeping order includes 72 actions and recommendations that the White House says “will lower prices for families, increase wages for workers, and promote innovation and even faster economic growth.” The order includes calls for banning or limiting noncompete agreements to help boost wages, allowing rule changes that would pave the way for hearing aids to be sold over the counter at drugstores and banning excessive early termination fees by internet companies.
‘It’s Not Too Late’ with Ginger Zee: Rising sea levels
Good Morning AmericaStudents who are vaccinated don’t have to wear masks in school this fall unless they are riding the school bus or their school decides otherwise, according to new guidance released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new federal guidelines aren’t mandatory but are expected to influence school officials, local health departments and governors who are in the midst of preparing for students to return to the classroom full time this fall. "Achieving high levels of COVID-19 vaccination among eligible students as well as teachers, staff, and household members is one of the most critical strategies to help schools safely resume full operations," the CDC stated.
Biden faces high stakes as Congress moves toward key decisions
Over the next three weeks, the Senate likely will vote on the infrastructure deal that Biden reached last month with a group of Republican and Democratic centrist senators. AdvertisementNewsletter Get our Essential Politics newsletter The latest news, analysis and insights from our politics teams from Sacramento to D.C. Enter email address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. At least 10 Republicans will be needed to pass the bipartisan measure through the Senate, not a sure thing. “I’ve not historically been a Biden guy, but I’m astonished about how well he is doing,” said former Vermont Gov.
Protecting Lake Michigan is a matter of environmental justice
In 2009, I worked with the Obama Administration to establish the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to provide the first funding dedicated specifically to the restoration of the Great Lakes. Communities of color and low-income communities along Lake Michigan have not been provided equitable resources to address restoration projects. SubscribeI’ve asked the Environmental Protection Agency to prioritize low-income, historically marginalized, and underserved communities within the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. This year, I launched an initiative called “Our Lake,” which will offer federal solutions to problems that Lake Michigan faces. We have always considered Lake Michigan as a national treasure that needs to be protected.
Gary mayor’s proposal for armed security guards at gas stations falls flat for some workers: ‘People shoot before they ever come in the store’
Common Council members at its Tuesday night meeting expressed the same concerns they did when the proposal came up last year. Among their concerns are whether more surveillance systems, such as SpotShotter system like East Chicago has, should be installed and whether legislation forcing a private business to incur such an expense would be enforceable. As well, would a business be able to front the costs for 24/7 security?
Mayor: Death toll in Florida condo collapse now 78
Bobby Caina CalvanAssociated PressSurfside, Fla. — The death toll in the collapse of a Miami-area condo building rose to 78 on Friday, a number the mayor called “heartbreaking” and “staggering” as recovery workers toiled for a 16th day to find victims in the rubble. No one has been found alive since the first hours after building fell on June 24. “This is a staggering and heart breaking number that affects all of us very deeply,” she said of the new death toll. Hope of finding survivors was briefly rekindled after workers demolished the remainder of the building, allowing access to new areas of debris. No one has been pulled out alive since the first hours after the 12-story building fell on June 24.
Thanks to Biden, Beshear and Democrats, America is back
Because of the determination and strength of President Biden, Gov. Beshear and Democrats, millions of us have been vaccinated. At home, Frankfort Republicans have fought Beshear, fought science and fought relief for Kentuckians when they needed their commonwealth to stand by them the most. President Biden, Gov. This year, as we come together again at home, at school, at work we can confidently say America is back.
White House unveils sweeping antitrust push
The order outlines 72 initiatives across the federal government and announces the creation of a White House Competition council to monitor progress. Story continuesThe White House also reversed former president Donald Trump's actions on net neutrality, requiring internet providers to allow access to all services without discrimination or unfair fees. The White House also directed US health authorities to work to import prescription drugs from Canada and to increase supply of generic and biosimilar drugs. "Instead of changing antitrust rules, the White House should ensure that agencies properly enforce existing antitrust laws. For everything else, the White House should defer to Congress."
Opinion: Following Mississauga's decision to opt-out of cannabis retail, the voice of the industry must be heard
Share this Story: Opinion: Following Mississauga's decision to opt-out of cannabis retail, the voice of the industry must be heardOpinion: Following Mississauga's decision to opt-out of cannabis retail, the voice of the industry must be heard The cannabis industry’s contribution to Canada’s GDP now rivals that of the auto and life sciences sectors but this has not yet translated into similar political clout. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. So, what are some lessons the cannabis industry can learn from this episode? Yes, cannabis industry proposals and arguments must be grounded on facts, but they cannot ignore emotional appeals.
CDC: Vaccinated teachers and students don't need to wear masks indoors
Vaccinated teachers and students don't need to wear masks inside school buildings when classes resume this fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated guidance on Friday. Driving the news: The CDC urged schools to remain open and teachers and students to safely return to in-person learning. It recommended keeping prevention strategies in place to prevent future COVID-19 outbreaks in school settings, but stressed that in-person learning is a priority. Details: The CDC said all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated should still wear masks indoors. The CDC did not advocate for schools to require teachers or students to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Biden to Urge More Scrutiny of Big Business
WASHINGTON — President Biden will sign a sweeping executive order on Friday aimed at spurring competition across the economy, encouraging federal agencies to take a wide range of actions, including more closely scrutinizing the tech industry, cracking down on high fees charged by sea shippers and allowing hearing aids to be sold over the counter. The order reflects the administration’s growing embrace of warnings by some economists that declining competition is hobbling the economy’s vitality, raising prices and reducing choices for consumers in key areas, while dampening pay and restricting freedom to change jobs for workers. But Mr. Biden may find challenges in addressing that competition decline across diverse sectors of the economy — including Silicon Valley, Wall Street, chain restaurants and large hospital networks — solely through executive action. Experts warn that in many areas, the president will need to work with Congress to change federal laws if he hopes to have more success than former President Donald J. Trump, who also issued competition-focused executive orders and saw limited results from them. In interviews this week, senior administration officials acknowledged the limitations of executive authority, but said the order chose actions, like directing federal regulators to take steps to boost competition in several areas, that had the best chance of success in driving change across the economy.
Parents who pledged $1.35M to Florida Catholic school sue over it going ‘woke’
But now the parents want their money back — including tuition paid for their two daughters — in outrage at how the school turned its back on Catholicism to go “woke,” their 13-count, 45-page lawsuit claims. The school “insidiously indoctrinated its students, requiring that they ‘check their white privilege’ and feel sufficiently guilty merely because of their skin color,” the lawsuit said. Anthony and Barbara Scarpo back want the money they donated, as well as the tuition paid for their two daughters. FacebookPupils were also made to feel guilty that “their parents could afford their attendance at the Academy,” where tuition is up to $22,450 a year for high school students, the lawsuit said. Instead of the focus on teaching, Catholicism was “billed as an unfortunate past deserving of its students’ guilt for not having been ‘woke’ sooner,” the documents allege.
Ibram Kendi argues Republicans have 'created imagined monster' in critical race theory debate
Author Ibram X. Kendi argued in a new piece for The Atlantic that there is "no debate" on critical race theory, except the one being internally waged by Republican operatives. Kendi wrote in the piece entitled, "There Is No Debate Over Critical Race Theory." "The Republican operatives, who dismiss the expositions of critical race theorists and anti-racists in order to define critical race theory and anti-racism, and then attack those definitions, are effectively debating themselves," Kendi wrote. CRITICAL RACE THEORY AUTHOR HEADLINES AFT CONFERENCE ON EDUCATING KIDSCLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPCRT has become a major point of contention for parents and school administrators all over the country. More recently, parents took an even bolder step to launch campaigns to replace the individuals on those school boards.
Joe Biden Wants To Crack Down On Noncompete Clauses
SAUL LOEB via Getty Images President Joe Biden is taking his first big swing against noncompete agreements, which experts say depress wages and limit mobility in the workforce. President Joe Biden has railed for years against the proliferation of noncompete clauses in employment, which can lock workers into their jobs and depress wages. He criticized them while serving as vice president under President Barack Obama, and he called for a federal ban on them during his campaign for the White House last year. In many cases, noncompete clauses are only “agreements” in theory, since not signing one means not getting the job. “The Biden administration is really leaning into the issue, and it’s good for workers,” Walter said.
What is critical race theory? The controversy has arrived at Columbus Academy and here's what we know
In April, the pair appeared on a right-wing podcast, "Blunt Force Truth," in April where they talked for about an hour about critical race theory and Columbus Academy. What is critical race theory? Critical race theory as an academic concept has existed for more than 40 years. Critical race theory:What is critical race theory and why do Ohio Republicans want to ban its teaching? Critical race theory has recently become a polarizing issue across the United States.
Prosecutors launch educational program to fight exploitation
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Virginia are launching an educational initiative to alert students and others about the increasing dangers of online sexual exploitation involving children. Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Raj Parekh on Friday announced the program, titled “UnMasked.” The program will include presentations at middle schools, high schools and universities. NCMEC says online sexual exploitation exploded in 2020, fueled by social isolation caused by the pandemic. The center's “CyberTipline” received more than 21 million reports of child sexual exploitation from electronic service providers in 2020, a 27% increase over the previous year. The Eastern District of Virginia is headquartered in Alexandria with offices in Richmond, Newport News and Norfolk.
Opinions | Donald Trump has blurred the line between populism and fascism in a dangerous way
A key difference between populism and fascism is that, for populists, actual electoral results matter. Despite coming to power by force, in 1943, Perón encouraged and participated in free democratic elections in 1946. So former fascists and militants of dictatorships tried to regain power through democratic electoral means. In short, fascism denied the very nature of democracy, the legitimacy of democratic procedures and their electoral outcomes. These differences matter today as Trump, and others, deny the electoral legitimacy of their opponents.
Rupert Murdoch approved Fox News calling Arizona for Biden, book claims
Shortly after 11pm ET on 3 November, Wolff writes, Lachlan Murdoch was told by the Fox News decision desk it was ready to call the state for Biden. It was, Wolff writes, “still, by most measures, hotly contested and still a definite Trump win” in one forecasting model. But Lachlan Murdoch called his father and asked if he wanted to make a call which was sure to anger Trump. At the White House, Wolff writes, Trump was being assured by “merry” and “untroubled” aides “about how good everything looked”. Murdoch, Wolff writes, got off the phone, shrugged and said: “What a fucking idiot.”
Alice Coltrane's 'Kirtan: Turiya Sings'
Sound that could be felt might be one way of understanding how Alice Coltrane’s music slowly gained in resonance in the 21st century. Its eschewing of jazz forms, structures and traditions became one of its strengths. Its openness to other cultures and ability to blend together different musical traditions — North African, Indian, American — is both audacious and astonishing in hindsight. Lots of artists embraced gurus and spiritual garments during the 1960s and ’70s, but few actually embodied it completely like Alice Coltrane did. There’s a sense of conflict inherent in her music, beauty and chaos entwined, jazz tradition and the unknowable are all there at once.
CDC says students vaccinated against the coronavirus can go maskless in fall
It calls for at least three feet between students in classrooms, but allows for greater flexibility, saying that in schools where not everyone is vaccinated, distancing should happen to the extent possible but “schools should not exclude students from in-person learning to keep a minimum distance requirement.” Instead, it says, other prevention strategies, including indoor masking, could be used to help compensate.
Rep. Ronny Jackson: Biden admin cannot make COVID vaccines mandatory for Americans
Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, ripped the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra for defending a possible door-to-door vaccine education push, telling "Fox & Friends" on Friday that it is not the government's job to mandate vaccines. Let’s not lose track of the big picture here. Let me just start by saying, I got the vaccine. I looked at my own personal situation, decided my risk-benefit and got the vaccine. Let’s not lose sight of the fact that this is still an experimental vaccine being used under emergency use authorization.
‘The language of consumer debt is rife with moral undertones’: Read MarketWatch’s new column ‘Extra Credit’
Hello and welcome to Extra Credit, a weekly look at the news through the lens of consumer debt. In the business world and financial media, this area of coverage — student loans, mortgages, credit cards and other credit products — are often referred to, somewhat sterilely, as consumer finance. (Read more of MarketWatch reporter’s Andrew Keshner’s coverage of the expanded child tax credit here). They’re also urging congress to pass a bill that would protect the child tax credit and EITC from seizure permanently. During my time covering student debt, I’ve been pitched countless stories about surprising ways to fix the student-debt crisis, but only one has really gained traction: Income-share agreements.
Broken machine leads SC man to use cash — and the change buys him lucky lottery ticket
A broken machine led a South Carolina man to pay in cash — and spend his change on a winning lottery ticket. The man became tearful after he scratched off the ticket to reveal a $300,000 prize, the S.C. Education Lottery said Thursday. At another store, he tried to buy ice but something was wrong with the card reader, according to the S.C. Education Lottery. It turns out, the ticket he bought scored the top prize in the Carolina Bonus Cash scratch-off game after beating odds of nearly 1 in 669,000. In North Carolina, officials said a lottery player recently scored a big prize after a convenience store sold out of the ticket he originally wanted.
NYC plans smaller classes when in-person schools reopen in fall
The city plans to add 140 teachers in 72 schools with the highest class sizes and permit two teachers in many classrooms for younger students. New York City will reduce classroom sizes and embark on curriculum changes when the country’s largest public school system reopens — fully in-person — in September. “We need a curriculum for New York City kids that is built in New York City,” de Blasio said in a Thursday briefing. The city will distribute 175,000 mobile devices so that every public school student from kindergarten to 12th grade will have access to one. The plan also calls for college financial aid counseling to be available for all junior and senior high school students, she said.
Rollins moves to overturn thousands of convictions based on testing at now-closed state drug lab
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins Thursday moved to overturn tens of thousands of drug convictions that were based on testing conducted at the scandal-plagued William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute, which closed in 2012. “We now know that there has been criminal conduct by multiple chemists, each of whom worked at the Hinton Lab for some period of time,” wrote Patalano. AdvertisementFarak pleaded guilty in 2014 to stealing drugs from the state lab in Amherst and was released after serving less than her full 18-month House of Correction sentence. She had previously worked at the Hinton lab. The Hinton lab in Jamaica Plain was originally run by the state Department of Public Health before the State Police took over drug testing in 2012.
The FBI’s encrypted phone sting spied on thousands of criminals worldwide. Why none in the U.S.?
In 2018, a San Diego-led federal sting secretly launched an encrypted communications company. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego is prosecuting 17 people tied to the sting, dubbed Operation Trojan Shield. Along the way, they developed close working partnerships with other countries where these devices have proliferated among criminal enterprises. The sting’s designers also erected a geofence around the U.S., meaning any Anom messages that appeared to be sent from within the U.S. were blocked by a virtual boundary from being read by the FBI’s server. While the Anom sting wasn’t putting deadly weapons into the world, it was distributing devices on which criminal acts could be planned and executed.
As the Delta variant spreads, Republican reluctance will mean thousands more deaths
A year ago, after we watched the disastrous federal response to the crisis, I wouldn't have bet on that. That's the sort of dangerous fear-mongering conservative viewers see every day, even as thousands of them are still dying. We are seeing the beginnings of another COVID surge among the unvaccinated, and the largest cohort among them are Trump voters in red states with low vaccination rates. The Kaiser Foundation reported this week:One of the main factors driving differences in COVID-19 vaccination rates across the country is partisanship. Lambda, the latest to be recognized by the WHO, is dominant in Peru and spreading rapidly in South America.
Opinion: A chief risk officer offers the simplest way to fight back against stock-market memes
From my vantage point as a chief risk officer, “memification” will change the calculus for portfolio risk because meme risk cannot be modeled, much less measured. Assuming all stocks are equally subject to meme risk, the ideal diversification strategy for that risk is to hold an equal weight across all holdings. In either case, a move toward an equally weighted portfolio is going to be attractive from a risk standpoint. Rick Bookstaber is founder and chief risk officer at Fabric RQ. He previously held chief risk officer roles at Morgan Stanley, Salomon Brothers, Bridgewater Associates and the University of California Regents.
Column: Hold on to the hard lessons of the pandemic
It’s getting harder and harder to remember the height of the pandemic, when some 4,000 Americans were dying every day. But in this “vaccine summer,” we seem to be celebrating our relative freedom with amnesia. Now hours pass and I don’t even think about the pandemic, though it is still claiming some 8,500 lives worldwide every day. Fear kept the pandemic in the front of my mind, until the fear abated. The pandemic made room for long periods of contemplation and stock-taking, to say nothing of brooding, fighting and fretting.
Mark Brnovich will pay if he investigates GOP election intrusions. He should anyway
Hickman’s fellow GOP supervisors Steve Chucri, Bill Gates and Jack Sellers were also approached individually with text messages or phone calls and also largely ignored them. Rather than talk to the president, Ducey certified state election results that helped defeat him. Like Ducey, Maricopa Country Recorder Stephen Richer has faced insults because he wouldn’t play ball with Republican Party leadership. And no doubt Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich will endure more of that pain if he decides to investigate these GOP intrusions into the Arizona election. Trump has already assailed Brnovich because he wouldn’t play trombone in Trump’s “Stop the Steal” parade.
DeSantis parts with Trump in response to Surfside tragedy
Since that victory, DeSantis has often taken his cues from Trump. But as he prepares for a reelection bid next year that could propel him into a presidential campaign, the tragedy in Surfside is exposing voters to a different side of the governor. He’s still the conservative populist who rarely parts with Trump. But unlike the former president, DeSantis is showing that he can tone down some of his most extreme partisan rhetoric during a disaster.
Cheering against censorship: How a cheerleader's story is shaping freedom of expression
As a student at an online school, the only way for me to communicate with classmates is online. The landmark case on student speech, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, established a “substantial disruption” test. It permits schools to interfere with student speech only when it causes substantial disruption to school operation. All of the statements she made were off campus, wearing no identifying markers of the cheer team, and not part of a school function. Cilla Nee is a rising senior at Northwood School and Stanford Online High School.
I Think You Should Leave: the sketch show exposing our online egomania
In the first season of I Think You Should Leave, Tim Robinson’s superlative Netflix show, there’s a sketch that made me laugh more than any joke I have ever seen on social media. Over the past decade, television comedy has been gradually reshaped in the internet’s image – and I Think You Should Leave is no exception. The show’s sketches have also re-entered the social media fray to much fanfare. But sketch shows, however straightforwardly silly they appear to be, are usually drilling down into the granular details of social dynamics. I Think You Should Leave is a hall of mirrors: watch and reflect.
Diane Francis: Trudeau's inability to stand against China is a stain on Canada
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Here's everything Biden has done so far to address the $1.7 trillion student debt crisis
Since Biden took office, he's taken a number of actions to address the $1.7 trillion student-debt crisis. Democrats are pushing for him to cancel $50,000 in student debt per person, which the DOJ is reviewing. Since then, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has cancelled student debt for borrowers with disabilities and borrowers defrauded by for-profit schools. They have been keeping the pressure on the president to cancel $50,000 in student debt per person using his executive authority. Detailed below is everything Biden has done to date to confront the student debt crisis:
Does America Really Support Democracy—or Just Other Rich Democracies?
Many Americans also share a feeling of cultural or ethnic affinity with the rich democracies that does not extend to the poor democracies. Poor and rich democracies alike have been moving in an illiberal direction in recent years. The rich democracies of the G-7 recently announced they intend to donate 870 million vaccine doses over the next year. The rich countries say they will support poor countries in their transitions to sustainable energy, but few significant investments have materialized. The new rules banned practices that all the rich democracies employed in the past.
Jakob Dylan has always been part cowboy-troubadour, part rabbi
Dylan quickly clarified that he’s not singing to his children there, and that it’s “not a nice song.” Without divulging details, he said it’s about people in his life who he’s helped and who haven’t shown gratitude. “I’m the one who got you in flight,” he explained, “and you’re not acting like that now.” Considering that none of his old bandmates played on this album, one is tempted to read between the lines. (Jaffee didn’t respond to a request for an interview.)
The Delta variant threatens another school year. That can't happen.
With the Delta variant producing a spike in new cases in Japan, fans will be banned from attending events, which will take place before empty seats. The magnitudes varied from day to day, but they were always negative, the trendline always down. Story continuesWhat does this mean for the United States, where just 48 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated and many of the holdovers are opposed to receiving the shot? By March 2021, with the vaccines becoming more widely available and cases falling fast, the school began reopening. Or if the Israeli study is right and the Pfizer vaccine is significantly less effective against it, raising the likelihood of vaccinated teachers getting sick?
Readers respond: Wallan leaves constituents high and dry
Medford residents, in particular, deal with the wildfire risk that confronts our state and region ever more seriously as climate change raises the temperature, reduces snowpack and extends drought. These three factors combine to cause our soils and vegetation to dry out even more extensively than has historically been the case. The result is that wildfires, which are a natural and essential phenomenon in a Mediterranean (dry summer/wet winter) climate such as ours, become ever more likely. Yet, while state Sen. Jeff Golden and state Rep. Pam Marsh work to address the underlying global warming cause for the increasing fire risk and work to address the wildfire risk itself, state Rep. Kim Wallan sits on her hands. In Rep. Wallan, Medford now has another legislator who simply does nothing to serve her constituents.
Opinion: Spending city tax dollars on church tower outrageous
Andrew KennedyOpinion contributorRecently it was reported by The Enquirer that City Council members pledged to help fund the preservation of a 126-year-old bell tower at First Lutheran Church on Race Street in Over-the-Rhine. Cincinnatians, your City Council is investing $500,000 into a pile of bricks. Perhaps the City Council thought this one would slip by mostly unnoticed by the people. I want to publicly ask our current City Council a question: "Now that you’ve been caught, will you please divert these funds into something better for our city?" Andrew Kennedy is a candidate for Cincinnati City Council and is endorsed by the Freethought Equality Fund but has refused to take any donations from them or from anyone.
Opinion: Collaborative leadership urgently needed at City Hall
Mark JeffreysOpinion contributorBig things get done in Cincinnati when leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors come together. But we won’t move past petty personality battles on Twitter and in the media until we elect leaders with a history of servant leadership and collaborative results. But that experience did not just magically appear; it happened through collaborative leadership – bringing people together to transform our city’s front yard. After over a year of scandal, we need leaders who have shown results driven by collaborative leadership. I will have made a difference on City Council if I’m able to bring that same collaborative leadership to solving some of our more vexing challenges and thereby create a more equitable, vibrant city across all 52 neighborhoods.
It's Necessary: DeWine cuts lifeline for unemployed Ohioans
Kevin NecessarySpecial to The EnquirerA few weeks ago I heard two people talking about their unemployment benefits. One person said they were "safe" – their unemployment benefits came through Kentucky, and they would still be receiving the extra federal unemployment for the time being. The other person, however, received their unemployment through Ohio, and their federal benefits would be ending. Mike DeWine has cut off the extended federal unemployment benefits offered by Washington. But DeWine, like several other Republican governors, has refused to accept the money, cutting off a lifeline desperately needed by some long-term unemployed Ohioans.
Michigan bureau: LGBTQ rights ballot drive short signatures
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan elections bureau has determined that organizers of a ballot drive to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people failed to collect enough valid voter signatures. Fair and Equal Michigan gathered nearly 299,000 signatures, short of the roughly 340,000 needed, according to a report released Thursday. Election staffers ruled many ineligible because the signers were not registered voters or there were address, date or others errors. The bipartisan Board of State Canvassers will meet Tuesday to consider a recommendation to not certify the initiative. If it were certified — a long shot now — the bill would be placed before the Republican-led Legislature, where similar legislation has long stalled.
Trump vs. Big Tech: The president’s legal attack on Twitter and Facebook is plain comical
It’s novel to claim that liability protection granted a corporation — in this case, Congress wisely deciding that websites and apps with millions of users aren’t on the hook for every single thing they let people post, while still encouraging standards to prevent harassment, hate speech and more — magically transforms it from a private entity into a public one. By the same logic, would gun manufacturers, shielded from suits by a rotten federal law Trump loves, also become agents of the government?
Appeals court axes FDA ban of electric shock on the disabled
Local Appeals court axes FDA ban of electric shock on the disabled The judges' 2-1 decision will allow the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center to continue using shock devices on its residents. A federal appeals court this week overturned the US Food and Drug Administration’s ban on shock devices used by the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center for children and adults who have disabilities. John Tlumacki / Globe StaffA federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., overturned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s federal ban on the use of electric shock devices on people with mental disabilities by a Canton residential school. The judges’ 2-1 decision will allow the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center to continue using shock devices on its residents. The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center Parents Association said in a statement that they supported the judges’ appeal.
Biden’s New Push
Expensive hearing aidsToday, President Biden is issuing an executive order that tries to address the economy’s competition problem. It directs regulators to take specific steps to reduce monopoly rents in multiple industries. “Having healthy competition is vital to an effective capitalist system,” Brian Deese, Biden’s top White House economic adviser, told me. The problem of monopoly rents has grown so large that even a modest reduction in them could be significant. economist, has estimated that the economy’s lack of fair competition costs the typical American household more than $5,000 a year, through both higher prices and lower wages.
GOP and Fox News rush to turn vaccine door-knockers into terrifying straw men
Fox News host Tucker Carlson also wrongly pitched this effort as being about forcing vaccinations. “The idea that you would force people to take medicine they don’t want or need — is there a precedent for that in our lifetimes?” he said Tuesday. Again, that’s not at all what is proposed here. But it didn’t stop Carlson on his show, where nuance often goes to die, from saying, “I honestly think it’s the greatest scandal in my lifetime, by far. I thought the Iraq War was; it seems much bigger than that.”
Athlete activism may be headed to Tokyo. Tommie Smith will be watching.
“I believe that I’m a patriot, and one of the biggest patriots, because of my belief in a nation that is changing now to represent everyone as one. A lot of lives has been lost because of ignorance in our statutes of freedom,” Smith said. “And we know that there was a lot of Black folks, including the Buffalo Soldiers, who get very little attention because of their heroism in the fight for this country, the fight for freedom. As long as it doesn’t violate the right of being a human, not three-fifths of a human.”
Jehan Sadat, widow of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, dies at 87
Jehan Sadat, the widow of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, the first Arab leader to make peace with Israel, died in Egypt on Friday. In recent weeks, Egyptian media reported that Sadat had been hospitalized and was battling cancer. On Friday, President Abdel Fattah Sisi’s office said Sadat had been a role model for Egyptian women, and granted her a national award posthumously. Jehan Safwat Raouf was born In August 1933 in Cairo to a middle-class Egyptian father and a British mother. In 1949, she married Anwar Sadat, a military officer at the time who later served as Egypt’s president from 1970 until his assassination by Islamic extremists in 1981.
Skelton: GOP’s Faulconer tries to run recall campaign as a policy wonk
After all, this is a heavily Democratic state, and all the major replacement candidates are Republicans — and past supporters of former President Trump to boot. But for what it’s worth — which should be a lot — the candidate most qualified by experience to replace Newsom is a throwback Republican: Kevin Faulconer. And he’s the kind of Republican who used to get elected to high office in California — like Govs. “Newsom wants to make this a campaign about Republicans versus Democrats because he has no record to run on,” the candidate replied. Give Faulconer credit: He’s running as a policy wonk — even if that does tend to bore voters.
Opinion: A’s Howard Terminal plan poses a threat to Oakland Chinatown
Built in the 1870s, Oakland Chinatown has survived catastrophic earthquakes, world wars, recessions, gentrification, a pandemic and a surge in anti-Asian hate. Now, just as the mom-and-pop businesses that are the core of the 20-square block community struggle to get back on their feet after a punishing economic lockdown, Chinatown faces another threat: the Oakland A’s Howard Terminal stadium proposal. Of course, the Howard Terminal development will affect and alter nearby neighborhoods. But the biggest threat specific to Chinatown, less than a mile from the proposed ballpark, is traffic and parking. The A’s propose to provide a mere 2,000 parking spaces for a 35,000-seat Howard Terminal ballpark.
South Florida 100: Elsa let us go, but plan for the rest of hurricane season
The Haitian people deserve stability and the opportunity to live a life that is not rooted in fear. Haiti’s situation should not be viewed as an opportunity to take advantage of their current political vulnerability for selfish means. Looking ahead: Hurricane season is in full swing. Tropical Storm Elsa made a grand appearance in Florida with heavy winds and rain. To learn more about how to prepare for hurricane season, visit: broward.org/Hurricane/Pages/Default.aspx.
Celebrity Birthdays: July 9
Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Jack White, Kelly McGillis, Linda Park, Pamela Adlon, Richard Roundtree, Tom Hanks and more.
Will Euro 2020 change England for ever? I’ve heard it all before | Joseph Harker
Gareth Southgate, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jordan Henderson … how could you not love the current England squad? As well as their footballing prowess, they’ve shown moral leadership and social awareness, taking positions on poverty, racism, LGBT rights and multiculturalism. They’re part of a team, and that team represents England. If tolerance, fairness and redressing the inequalities of the past were vote winners he would align himself with those values. Already, on social media, those sentiments are appearing: we’re out of Europe, and now we rule Europe.
Six months later: What have we learned from Jan. 6? Not enough to stop it from happening again
But the most important fact remains unchanged: The events of Jan. 6 were a trial run, and proof of concept. Public opinion polls and other research shows that white Republicans (and especially Trump supporters) are committed to white racial authoritarianism, are afraid of the "browning of America." Thus, the Red Shirts came into being. However, it was in the Carolinas that the Red Shirts became a notable presence that persisted for decades. … However, the Red Shirts were far from finished.
The Revenge of John Roberts
WASHINGTON — In the fall of 1981, a young conservative lawyer named John Roberts, fresh off a Supreme Court clerkship, arrived at the Justice Department at the start of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Hired as a special assistant to the attorney general, Roberts focused on voting rights, and in particular the battle underway in Congress over the reauthorization of parts of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. In the second decision, Brnovich v. DNC, the Roberts court knee-capped Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. In Brnovich, the voting-rights case, the Roberts court took the opposite stance toward a state’s authority to set the rules. Under the Roberts court majority’s approach, Hasen says, this would likely not run afoul of Section 2.
It's not just Nikole Hannah-Jones: Black women are underrepresented among tenured faculty
Though less than half of faculty members are tenured, Black professors held about 5% of those positions in fall 2018. Black women make up a little more than 2% of tenured professors. To receive tenure, professors must be hired by a committee of the faculty in their department for a competitive tenure-track opening. "The challenge for Black women is the unspoken academic norms that are still in place that are harmful to them," she said. Institutions may place less value on research and subjects that Black women teach related to race or social justice, said Ward, who studies tenure denial lawsuits filed by Black women.
The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics
cartoon carouselThe nation’s cartoonists on the week in politicsEvery week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage readers of all political stripes. Here's an offering of the best of this week's crop, picked fresh off the Toonosphere. Edited by Matt Wuerker.
Op-Ed: The absolute wrong way to solve California’s affordable housing crisis
These changes in the rules would be imposed on local governments but would not provide true solutions to the state’s affordable housing crisis. One problem with the bill is that overriding local zoning cannot be Sacramento’s lone scheme for achieving affordability — because, unfortunately, it will not have the intended outcome. Affordable housing development is only attractive where land values are economical and adequate financial subsidies are available. In addition, California could house people more quickly by creating its own state housing voucher program. Local inclusionary zoning and density incentives are undermined by state legislation that adds density without affordability requirements.
Florida has other options for teacher bonuses, even if U.S. nixes first plan, experts say
A few other states, including Georgia and Hawaii, also proposed using COVID relief money for teacher bonuses but none have yet had their plans approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Hawaii’s governor has said he may veto the bonus provision passed by his state legislature because he did not believe it would be an allowable use of federal money, based on education department guidance.
What is critical race theory and why do Ohio Republicans want to ban its teaching?
And they lobbied state lawmakers into writing not one but two separate bills to ban the teaching of "critical race theory." James, who is Black, believes these "buzzwords" are code for critical race theory, which he says is a divisive and harmful narrative that has no place in Ohio schools. Supporters are split on whether what they're teaching fits under the umbrella of critical race theory, or CRT. Critical race theory is an academic field of study like philosophy, sociology or economics, said Ohio University professor Vince Jungkunz. The school board said in a statement that it wasn't teaching critical race theory or the 1619 Project.
Letters: Bold action needed on gun violence and climate change, private schools
Letters to the EditorPrivate schools are a bargain for taxpayersI read with interest the July 6 letter, "Taxpayer money should not be going to private schools," lamenting tax money being given to private schools, but singling out Catholic schools. Michael G. Federer, ColumbusOnly way to end gun violence is to take away gunsI’m still waiting for U.S. leaders to do something bold to stem gun violence, namely confiscate (perhaps with compensation) most guns in public hands. Gun riddance would save societal costs of: gun threat responses, shooting victim sufferings, gun control systems, gun use abuser incarcerations and gun-proofing buildings. These 11 senators were recently cited as “crucial” to derailing major climate action in the U.S. by an unwitting ExxonMobil lobbyist caught on camera. We are living in a climate emergency, and our elected officials must step up and make it clear, on no uncertain terms: no climate, no infrastructure deal.
Fifth of under-35s have one or no close friends
Young people are in danger of becoming alienated from their communities, with the pandemic contributing to an “epidemic of loneliness” among people under the age of 35, a think tank has said. Around one in five of 18 to 34-year-olds say they have one or no close friends, triple the number of people who said the same in 2011 and 2012. The think tank also found that historical trends were inverting, with older generations now typically having more close friends compared to younger groups. “Trust in neighbours and family all declined at a much faster rate among younger generations than older generations since 2018,” said the authors. “After decades of community decline and fifteen months of rolling lockdowns, young people have fewer friends, trust people less, and are more alienated from their communities than ever before.
South African court dismisses Zuma's application to block arrest
JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s high court on Friday dismissed former president Jacob Zuma’s application to block his arrest for contempt of court, days after he handed himself over to police to begin a 15-month jail term. “The application is dismissed with costs,” the judge presiding over the case said. Friday’s high court judgment came hours after the same court dismissed an application by the secretary general of the governing African National Congress (ANC) party, Ace Magashule, to have his suspension over corruption charges in a separate case set aside. Both politicians’ proceedings are regarded as a test for South Africa’s ability to enforce the law — even against powerful politicians — 27 years after the ANC ousted South Africa’s white minority rulers to usher in democracy. As a member of the ANC when it was a liberation movement, Zuma was jailed by South Africa’s white minority rulers for his efforts to establish a state that would treat citizens equally.
As the U.S. withdraws, Afghanistan’s neighbors must step up
Taliban forces have moved relentlessly forward, taking control of nearly one-third of Afghanistan’s districts and threatening many more. Civil war is not Afghanistan’s only danger. The resulting instability threatens not only Afghanistan but will spill over and roil its neighbors. Intelligence officials and military strategists warned that a U.S. (and allied) withdrawal would imperil the survival of the government in Kabul. China too is watching developments in Afghanistan, worried about the potential impact of instability on its western, predominately Muslim provinces.
Venice Beach homeless camp is FINALLY being cleared after months of mayhem and misery for residents
City crews are finally clearing a homeless camp in Venice beach that has plagued the area for months. Los Angeles sanitation workers spent several hours every morning this week working to clear the camp along Ocean Front Walk, accompanied by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department. Most of the camp has now been cleared, but some tents and semipermanent structures still remain in the northern section. The cleanup of the homeless encampment comes just days after the Los Angeles City Council voted to draft rules prohibiting people from sleeping specific distances from some public areas. The council also allocated $5 million for interim housing on a path to permanent housing for about 200 people in the encampment, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
The strategy you need to manage that micromanager
More often than not, your micromanaging boss isn’t a bad person. When they interfere with your work, it’s not because they don’t trust you, and it’s not because you’re not doing your job. advertisementThe impact on the micromanager As bad as it feels to be micromanaged, it’s even worse for the micromanaging boss. advertisementWhen the micromanager doesn’t take the hint If that doesn’t get the desired result, you may need to drive a deeper conversation. In this case, a micromanaging boss.
'Evangelical' is a term with heavy baggage. But Christians shouldn't give up on it.
And yet, there are good reasons to hold on to the term evangelical. First, historically, the term “evangelical” is used to describe folks who are heirs of the Protestant Reformation. Crucicentrism: A stress on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross as making possible the redemption of humanity. Believers are lumped togetherThis escapes those who seem to most often employ the term, political reporters and exit pollsters, who sometimes clumsily lump various groups under the evangelical label. In other words, evangelical is a label worth keeping as long as believers don't see themselves as evangelicals first.
Photos: Life and death of Haiti President Jovenel Moise
Suspects in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise are lined up one by one sitting down with their backs against a wall in front of the media in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Donald Trump Mercilessly Mocked For Ranting About Censorship -- In The Wall Street Journal
It's not the biggest takeaway from Trump's op-ed (the biggest has to do with what WSJ opinion has become) but it was still perplexing to me that Trump's use of "illegal alien" wasn't changed by an editor. AP stopped using the term in 2013, and many pubs have since followed suit.
The Housing Shortage Is a Problem for Racial Equity
Previously he was general deputy assistant secretary for fair housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. But all too often, it’s also an uncomfortable reminder of our nation’s shortcomings in the fight for racial equity. By some estimates, the median Black family has one-tenth the net worth of the median white family. That racial wealth gap is largely a function of the fact that Black Americans have been unable to build equity in homes over generations. Before the pandemic, the National Association of Realtors began implementing a new, association-wide fair housing action plan designed to emphasize accountability, culture change, and training (ACT!).
Former UN Amb. John Bolton: 'public opinion has turned' against the war in Afghanistan
Former ambassador to the United Nationsand national security adviser to President Donald Trump,John Bolton, blamed the past three U.S. presidents Thursday for allowing public opinion to turn against the nearly 20-year war in Afghanistan. "I do think that public opinion has turned against this war and I blame it squarely on our political leadership for at least the last 12 years," Bolton told Chuck Todd, host of NBC News' "Meet the Press." Bolton's comments came on the day President Joe Biden announced his decision to fully withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Aug. 31. Story continuesBut Bolton indicated Thursday that withdrawal is in Americans' best interest when he told Todd the U.S. cannot win the war. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: John Bolton: Public opinion turned against war in Afghanistan
From the editor: Guided by empathy and fairness, Dispatch updates crime coverage guidelines
That's one reason we are changing the way we cover neighborhoods and crime. Empathy and a sense of fairness will be our guides when covering crime and making coverage decisions. With that in mind, we will:• Look beyond police reports and strive to include voices from residents and family members of crime victims and suspects. • Spend more time discussing the ramifications of crime coverage decisions, such as when we consider naming a victim or suspect, before we write the story. Their focus is breaking news – which we will cover when it's really big – and our focus in crime coverage generally will be on more in-depth reporting.
Columbus Academy won't reenroll students after moms' 'attacks' over critical race theory
That included speaking on a right-wing podcast, "Blunt Force Truth," in April about critical race theory. More:What is critical race theory and why do Ohio Republicans want to ban its teaching? Critical race theory as an academic concept has existed for more than 40 years. What is critical race theory? "Critical race theory is as American as apple pie," Jungkunz said.
Pigeon: Big cities plagued by property damage problem
Crime rates in Chicago, America’s third-largest city, have risen exponentially over the last year — a problem big cities across America are all facing. It’s not usually considered a pressing issue, but recent evidence shows that property crime can destroy lives, close businesses and hurt marginalized communities. Businesses are run by real people, and property damage like vandalism often hurts vulnerable small business owners the most. For small business owners, particularly historically marginalized ones, setbacks from property crime can put an entrepreneur into bankruptcy. The frequency of property crime is directly linked to policy decisions.
How hypocritical Republican lawmakers are trying to put women, minorities 'in their place'
Kentucky Republicans, along with those in other states, are passing laws to keep women and minorities "in their place." For example, women and Black people must be stopped from voting because women and minorities are inferior to white men. Women need to be constantly pregnant so we cannot be in the workplace where women take jobs away from men. Hypocrisy No.1: Kentucky Republicans passed various laws taking away the governor’s ability to make executive decisions – because they said that they wanted to make those calls. The Kentucky Republicans need to keep the seats they have in 2022 in order to redistrict out more Democratic legislators.
Opinion: We've been teaching about the Holocaust all wrong. Here's how we're going to change that
Here's how we're going to change thatOpinion: We've been teaching about the Holocaust all wrong. Never Again has been the thesis behind so many Holocaust education programs. Try refreshing your browser, or Opinion: We've been teaching about the Holocaust all wrong. Article content Taking up the challenge of the latter, as experts in education, we now believe that we have been doing Holocaust education wrong all these years. Article content We have been doing Holocaust education wrong all these years We have failed to demonstrate, connect and engage.
Opinion | California Wakes Up From Its Dream
The authors called for governments to be restructured to coordinate planning; economic growth predicated on a guaranteed income base; and strategies that stabilized population, protected natural resources and guided and controlled growth through public policies. California was the first state to institute sustainability requirements for buildings. Though the slight population decline in 2020 was partly attributable to the pandemic, California has been losing residents to other states for years. The birthrate in California has also dropped faster than the national average decline. The state is awash in billions of dollars in surpluses, and yet there is a sense of paralysis.
Michael Pollan: Legalizing Drugs Means Answering New Questions - The New York Times
Dr. Andrew Weil was one of the first to recognize the value of ritual in drug use. At least, people who use drugs ritually tend not to get into trouble with them, whereas people who abandon ritual and use drugs wantonly seem to have problems. But what about the so-called hard drugs, like heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine — drugs that people ostensibly take for pleasure? Two findings underscore this point, both described in Johann Hari’s 2015 book on drug addiction, “Chasing the Scream.” Much of what we know, or believe we know, about drug addiction is based on experiments with rats. These classic experiments seemed to prove that addiction is the inevitable result of exposure to addictive drugs, a simple matter of biology.
Opinion | The Christian Right Is in Decline, and It’s Taking America With It
The presidency of George W. Bush may have been the high point of the modern Christian right’s influence in America. White evangelicals were the largest religious faction in the country. released startling new polling data showing just how much ground the religious right has lost. (As a category, “white evangelicals” isn’t a perfect proxy for the religious right, but the overlap is substantial.) In 2020, as in every year since 2013, the largest religious group in the United States was the religiously unaffiliated.
Biden's Back on the Day One Agenda
Biden's Back on the Day One AgendaAdded: 09.07.2021 4:03 | 16 views | 0 commentsSource: news.abs-cbn.comExecutive actions on right to repair and noncompete agreements show the power of implementing existing laws that can help people. More in www.realclearpolitics.com »
The Sacklers Get Away With It for the Price of $4.5 Billion
Photo: Jessica Hill/AP/ShutterstockThe Sackler family, whose pharmaceutical firm helped plunge the United States into the opioid crisis, will finally pay — sort of. In addition, the settlement will pave the way for 33 million documents about Purdue’s sales practices to be released. The $4.5 billion sum is hefty, but the Sacklers can pay it: The House Committee on Oversight and Reform estimates the family’s net assets at around $11 billion. Email This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Terms & Privacy Notice By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us.
The Trouble the Supreme Court Is Making for Voters
Photo: ShutterstockThere was considerable dismay among voting rights advocates when the U.S. Supreme Court, on the final day of its 2021-2022 term, upheld two Arizona voting restrictions by a 6-3 vote in Brnovich v. DNC. The more voting rights advocates examine Alito’s reasoning in Brnovich, though, the more they fear the decision itself could have serious and immediate negative consequences. What Hasen is describing is a sort of chess game between SCOTUS and voting rights advocates that the latter keep losing. “There’s no getting around the reality that the new Supreme Court has its conservative favorites and its progressive enemies, and that the court stands ready to recraft American democracy in its image,” writes Hasen. The fact that serious analysts don’t rule out this Supreme Court majority reaching that conclusion crystallizes the uncertainty about which federal election rules, if any, it considers beyond challenge.
January 6th Riot: So Much Information, So Little Knowledge
Will wonders not just where are the answers, but also where are the questions? Story #2: Will lays out who the “extremists” are in the culture war. Are they the leftist Democrats, or the right-wing Republicans? Story #3: Can the Suns help Phoenix rise from the ashes like Tampa as a sports town? Catch up with Will on Twitter: @willcain
Texas Democrats battle Gov. Greg Abbot in round two of election law fight
Texas Democrats successfully obstructed Republican efforts to pass restrictive “election integrity” legislation during a previous session that concluded in May. Behind Texas Democrats’ Instagrammable moments with Democratic members of Congress in Washington, D.C., lurks a harsher reality. Texas Democrats’ capacity to resist at the state level is limited by their minority status in the Legislature and their total absence from any executive branch offices. This in turn enables legislative Republicans to move priority election legislation more quickly through the process of committee hearings. An overwhelming majority of Republicans — 87 percent — said the Texas election system doesn’t discriminate against people of color.
How to speak out against antisemitism
Public officials were quick to speak out after the brutal July 1 stabbing of Rabbi Shlomo Noginski outside Shaloh House, the Jewish day school and synagogue in Brighton. That’s one point worth underscoring by anyone who wants to go beyond mere platitudes when addressing antisemitism. Yet few Black elected officials have emerged as stalwart leaders against antisemitism. They need public officials who can repudiate antisemitism without buts or caveats, and not as merely one of many forms of bigotry. Never within living memory has it been so important for public officials and opinion leaders to understand that.
The unnecessary death march of the unvaccinated
It sounds corny, but it’s a patriotic thing to do.”Last month, COVID-19 killed 130 people in Maryland, all unvaccinated . AdvertisementCOVID-19 vaccination rates have stalled. According to a Georgetown University study, five clusters with low vaccination rates, most of them in the South and Midwest, are fueling new COVID-19 cases. ELIJAH NOUVELAGE/AFP via Getty ImagesEspecially in counties that voted for Donald Trump, vaccination rates are dire, and in this round more young people are getting infected and sick. Yet with stagnant vaccination rates, we’re witnessing a march of unnecessary infection, sickness, and death.
Let Boston vote early and by mail
In the spring, the City of Boston rescheduled this year’s preliminary municipal election date from Sept. 21 to Sept. 14. By whichever legislative vehicle they choose, lawmakers must act immediately so there’s enough time to plan, publicize, and conduct early voting. “Boston’s municipal government has essentially said, ‘We want this for our municipal election,’” said City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo of the expanded early voting options. As of now, none of them are allowed to do mail-in or in-person early voting either. Last year, Massachusetts responded enthusiastically to mail-in and in-person early voting options.
Noah Feldman: Gorsuch critique of landmark libel case should be taken seriously
Gorsuch’s opinion raises at least the possibility that other justices might be open to rethinking the question of public figure libel. The case insulates reporters and editors and the companies they work for from being constantly threatened with libel suits by public figures who are annoyed with how they are being covered. The upshot, for Gorsuch, is that the Sullivan rule no longer serves its original objective of creating an informed public debate. Part of the theory behind Sullivan’s reasoning was that public figures can overcome false, defamatory statements about themselves relatively easily, even without defamation suits. What’s more, non-celebrities who might still be deemed public figures under current law are vulnerable to false, defamatory online attacks.
McManus: Afghanistan gets uglier, Biden changes subject
Last week, when reporters asked President Joe Biden whether he worried that Afghanistan’s government might collapse in the face of Taliban military advances, he responded with ill-concealed annoyance. It’s no mystery why: Subjects like job-creation reports or the U.S. recovery from the pandemic let Biden talk about successes. “The devastation and the killings … President Biden is going to own these ugly images,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) warned this week. Even if Biden would rather talk about “happy things,” he’ll have to remain engaged in Afghanistan — for political reasons as well as for national security and humanitarian ones. The last two decades have been painful for American foreign policy, but at least they have taught some useful lessons.
Post-Trump supreme court appears willing to embrace judicial activism
By contrast just 15% of cases, including the Voting Rights Act decision, were handed down along strictly polarized conservative-liberal lines. “This is one of the most conservative supreme courts that the US has ever seen,” he said. Amy Coney Barrett, Donald Trump’s third appointed to the supreme court, tilted the panel even further to the right. It sounds the alarm as the supreme court prepares for a fresh term in October in which it will hear potentially seismic cases over abortion rights and gun laws. But the supreme court that he molded in his own image appears to be quite open to the idea, and it may be only getting started.
Video: Moment Karen tries to lure man's unleashed dog onto a busy highway
Video: Woman tries to lure dog named Boba into traffic on NYC street as she berates Asian owner for walking it without a leash and threatens to call police after 'telling him to go back where he came from'Moment Karen complains about man's unleashed dog before trying to lure the pet onto oncoming New York traffic to prove a point.
Biz lobbies cry foul over ‘workplace disaster law’
Major business lobbies in South Korea on Friday expressed concern over a new law that would allow CEOs to be punished, even by imprisonment, for serious workplace disasters.The Korea Employers Federation called the law ambiguous, saying it would have a negative impact on companies already burdened by the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic when it takes effect early next year.“A large part of the law, including the scope of a CEO’s legal responsibility, is still ambiguous and unclear, leaving firms with little clues as to how far one should follow in order to avoid punishment,” it said in a statement.The Korea Federation of Industries, a major business group representing big corporations here, echoed the view. It said companies and businesspeople would have difficulty in observing the law as it fails to make clear important details such as what exactly are the legal duties of a CEO in preventing industrial disasters.Earlier in the day, the government said it would proceed with from Monday a 40-day notice of an enforcement ordinance of the workplace disaster act that passed the National Assembly in January.While the law intends to force companies to enhance their safety management by holding the chief executive accountable for any major disasters resulting from lax oversight and poor safety management, it left the core elements to be determined at the ordinance level. For example, the law stipulates the chief executive should allocate an “appropriate budget” to safety control and “faithfully execute” his or her duties to keep employers safe.Under the law, CEOs can face a minimum one-year jail time if one or more lives are lost as a result of such incidents.The KEF said it plans to gather opinions from concerned industries and companies and submit a formal letter to the government.The workplace disaster law was first proposed by the far-left Justice Party with the aim of putting a stop to the recurring deaths at industrial sites.The law’s literature has been greatly watered d
How did Taiwan become embroiled in Haiti’s political crisis?
Neither Taiwan nor China accepts diplomatic relations with a country that recognizes the other, after the two split decades earlier in civil war. In 1949, after being defeated by Mao Zedong’s Communist troops in China’s mainland, Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists, known as the Kuomintang, fled to Taiwan and took up residence. The island has since grown into a resilient democracy and a crucial cog in the global tech industry, despite not being recognized as a country by most of the world.
At last, Gov. Abbott gives us a plan to keep the lights on in Texas
Texas, the governor has a plan to keep the lights on, and we think it’s a good start. We think this is a good approach, and, depending on regulators’ success, it could prevent Texas from having to collect fees to pay for backup power plants, an approach favored by others including Lt. Gov. Texas’ deregulated power market was designed to incentivize generating power at the lowest cost. The governor also instructed regulators to do a better job of scheduling plant maintenance and to plan more transmission lines. Keeping the lights on is part of the hard work of leadership that goes unnoticed when a governor is successful but is the foundation to making Texas great.
Corruption anger may yield new leadership as Bulgaria votes
“I expect the next government to be formed by the so-called protest parties,” Ganev said. Borissov previously managed to draw backing at home and abroad by combining populist man-in-the street rhetoric with pro-Western slogans. But thousands took to the streets during month-long protests last year and accused Borissov and his government of protecting oligarchs, refusing to reform the judiciary and suppressing freedom of speech. Caretaker ministers have alleged that dozens of opposition politicians were illegally wiretapped before the April election. Bulgaria, a member of both the EU and NATO, also has come under scrutiny from its Western partners due to its long-standing problems with corruption, adhering to the rule of law and preserving freedom of the media.
TOM UTLEY: Surely it wasn't the lodger who led the council to threaten me with unlimited fines?
A terrifying letter was waiting for us at home this week, on our return from our first summer break in two years. Anyway, on that joyous day 30 years ago when our lodger announced that she was moving out, I resolved that we'd never take another. He or she might have witnessed the comings and goings of our grown-up boys and assumed that they were tenants. I duly fired off a furious email — and received an automated reply, saying that I'd be contacted within ten days. As for our friends, do the rules permit us to give them a small token of our love and gratitude?
Texans With Disabilities Fear Voting Will Get Harder for Them as Special Session on GOP Restrictions Nears
“Texans with disabilities fear voting will get harder for them as special session on GOP restrictions nears” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. With Texas Republicans determined to enact additional voting restrictions in the upcoming special legislative session, much of the uproar has focused on changes that could make it harder for people of color to cast ballots. Republicans have cast their proposals as “election integrity” measures to protect the voting process from fraud, even though there is no evidence it occurs on a widespread basis. But while their advocates lobbied against rules that could complicate the voting process, voters with disabilities struggled to make themselves heard during a legislative session that began before vaccinations for COVID-19 were widely available. Ahead of the special session, disability rights advocates have been working to marshal their influence.
Being Gay Doesn’t Have A Uniform. But RuPaul’s Drag Race Helped Me Find Mine.
I’d found two older gay guys to take me under their wing; Drag Race was part of my required viewing. How was I to know that the fantasy world I’d lusted over as a kid had been real all along? Years and years denying myself the things I’d wanted, and for what? In truth, no one had ever explicitly told me not to wear the things I’d wanted to wear. So who, exactly, had been holding me back from being the person I’d wanted to be, and was that person in fact myself?
Honolulu officers want charges dismissed in fatal shooting
HONOLULU (AP) — Three Honolulu police officers are asking a judge to dismiss charges against them in connection with a shooting that killed a 16-year-old Micronesian boy. Prosecutors pursuing charges against them after a grand jury declined to indict them “is statutorily and constitutionally impermissible,” said a motion to dismiss by Officer Zackary Ah Nee. Sykap led officers on a chase immediately before the shooting, police said. Prosecutors filed the charges after a grand jury declined to indict the officers. The Honolulu Police Commission on Wednesday approved the officers' requests for legal counsel to defend them against the charges.
Letters to the Editor - COVID-19, ‘Forget the Alamo,’ Climate Solutions Act, Dallas trash pickup
John Lingenfelder, PlanoIntellectually dishonestThe cancellation of an author event on the book about the Alamo at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is very disconcerting. In addition I would like to urge Cornyn and Sen. Ted Cruz to go one step further and support a carbon price bill. The city of Dallas outsourced the hiring of sanitation workers at a cost of $59 million in 2013. The result is that Dallas’ trash is not getting picked up because the labor firm doesn’t pay a living wage. However, 17 years have passed since a 13th check has been issued to retired state employees, according to the Texas Retired Teachers Association.
Charles Blow: Marking the day when the Constitution was bent toward equality
Black people were the United States’ original Dreamers. For three years the dilemma lingered until my home state, Louisiana, along with South Carolina, voted to ratify the 14th Amendment on July 9, 1868, 153 years ago today. With universal suffrage, I believe the true men of the nation can maintain their position. But the 14th Amendment would go on to be passed and ratified, and it signified the birth of Black citizenship. I celebrate both, obviously, but this Friday I ask you to also remember the importance and weight of that day, when the Constitution was bent and made to recognize the equality and inclusion of Black people as citizens.
Private Manhattan school teaches children from book that features 'whiteness' contract with devil
The book Not My Idea is promoted in some fashion in more than two dozen schools and school districts across the country. It features a page in which a shadowy devil figure offers the reader a harmful 'whiteness contract'A private Manhattan elementary school which charges $55,000-a-year tuition is among dozens of schools across the US teaching from children's book that features a shadowy devil figure that offers the reader a 'whiteness contract.' It always was'The pages in question feature a 'whiteness contract' being offered by a shadowy devil figureThe contract ends with the caveat, 'Land, riches, and favors may be revoked at any time, for any reason.' The list Rufo compiled also indicates how the book was promoted in each respective school or district. In one instance of a presentation for pre-school-aged children, the reading left out the two pages featuring the 'whiteness contract,' as did two others.
South Sudan marks troubled decade of independence with little fanfare
File photo taken on January 11, 2011 of a pedestrian walking on a road in Juba, capital of South Sudan. South Sudan, the world’s youngest country and one of its poorest, marks a decade of independence on Friday but there is little to celebrate in a country crippled by civil war, chronic instability and desperate hunger. After a decades-long struggle for statehood that had cost millions of lives, South Sudan finally declared its independence from Sudan. South Sudan began another descent into a brutal civil war. But its leaders failed to stem corruption, and the new South Sudan was looted rather than rebuilt, as huge sums from its vast oil fields were siphoned off and squandered.
Harris Slams GOP Attacks On Voting Rights, Promises Dems Will Fight New Restrictions
Vice President Kamala Harris is spending the week going after Republican attacks on voting access and speaking to audiences of Black Americans, one of the groups disproportionately affected by the wave of GOP-backed voting restrictions. So far this year, 17 state legislatures have enacted 28 new laws that will make it harder for Americans to vote. Greg Abbott (R), who is pushing a highly restricting voting law. There’s no OfficeMax near them,” she said of certain proposals that would require voters to submit photocopies of their IDs. His party, which has a razor thin majority in the Senate, cannot move forward on the bill without his support.
You Can't Tell the Story of 1776 Without Talking About Race and Slavery
Slavery and arguments about race were not only at the heart of the American founding; it was what united the states in the first place. We have been reluctant to admit just how thoroughly the Founding Fathers thought about, talked about, and wrote about race at the moment of American independence. Recently, a controversy over “critical race theory” has ignited public debate about the centrality of race to American history. Once the shooting started, patriot leaders started talking about race in very different ways than they had before. That effort made America independent, but it also buried race deep in the cornerstone of the American republic that was born on July 4, 1776.
Democrats bet on early Latino outreach to avoid '20 pitfalls
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — On a sweaty recent Thursday afternoon, Alex Berrios was instructing his team on how to get people to register to vote. Smile a lot, that works, too. Berrios, co-founder of a new nonprofit, Mi Vecino, or “My Neighbor” has a lot riding on developing the right pitch. His group, which works out of a cramped office in the shadow of Disney World, is targeting Latino would-be voters. The stakes are high, particularly for Democrats who are counting on Latino votes as a vital part of a winning coalition for cycles to come.
Democrats bet on early Latino outreach to avoid '20 pitfalls
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — On a sweaty recent Thursday afternoon, Alex Berrios was instructing his team on how to get people to register to vote. Extend your hand, he said; it makes folks more likely to stop. Smile a lot, that works, too. Berrios, co-founder of a new nonprofit, Mi Vecino, or “My Neighbor” has a lot riding on developing the right pitch. His group, which works out of a cramped office in the shadow of Disney World, is targeting Latino would-be voters.
‘Overdue’: Biden sets Aug. 31 for US exit from Afghanistan
So far, he said, the numbers of those who have decided to leave Afghanistan are not so high that they can’t be handled with a range of installations. “Our message to those women and men is clear,” Biden said. “There is a home for you in the United States if you so choose. “We went for two reasons: one, to bring Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell, as I said at the time," Biden said. "The second reason was to eliminate al-Qaida’s capacity to deal with more attacks on the United States from that territory.
Q&A with Georgia Gov. Kemp: Voters ‘know what the truth is’
KEMP: I think just our resiliency to fight through COVID, but also the record. We have so many good things to talk about, the great economy, still the No. We’ve done away with ridiculous amounts of high-stakes testing that was stressing our kids, our parents and our educators. AP: Coming out of 2020, you’re trying to shore up your Republican support. Are you concerned you’ll face the same problems on the right that hurt Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Sen. David Perdue?
City bureaucracy is destroying the stock market, not private equity
“The decision to work for a private equity business has gone from being unusual, to acceptable, to the smart move. However, the first step is to recognise the real problem - and it’s not private equity. Yes, it would be good to tighten the disclosure requirements for private capital at the same time as easing the burden for public companies. Yes, it makes sense to harmonise the tax treatment of equity and debt. But the big win doesn’t come from hobbling private equity; it comes from unshackling our public companies.
The Drugging of American Politics
Even that formidable effort, however, couldn’t defeat the murky politics of heroin, marked by a nexus of crime and official collusion that made mass drug abuse among GIs possible. * Finally, instead of reducing domestic use, the drug war actually helped stimulate a 10-fold surge in the number of American heroin users from just 68,000 in 1970 to 745,000 in 2019. In addition, the drug war has had a profound impact on American society by perpetuating, even institutionalizing, racial disparities through the raw power of the police and prisons. Three years later, they launched a relentless expansion of the drug war, policing, and prisons. In the 20 years since the drug war took final form under Clinton, politicians have made some relatively inconsequential reforms.
US Wars Come Home to Roost
Coleen Rowley spotlights the ever-growing list of domestic blowback incidents. Sadly, this partial listing of war blowback just continues to grow ever longer. Most recently, numerous former military officers and veterans have been charged with crimes involving the Capitol takeover. Deeper Blowback The blowback from nearly 20 years of “wars of choice” goes even deeper than such sordid tallies of direct veteran-perpetrated, domestic violence. Lionizing foreign and domestic wars contributed to the development and popularity of “warrior training” for police officers.
To Senator Mark Kelly:
I sent this message to Senator Mark Kelly a little while ago. Maybe something will actually happen, but my hope isn’t high. I'm sure that you know that Governor Doug Ducey is ending FPUC Pandemic Unemployment in Arizona as of the 10th of this month. This is forcing people to go out and expose themselves to a pandemic that is once again on the rise, rapidly mutating and still killing thousands of people. In addition to the dead, this pandemic is also leaving an untold number of people with long term or permanent disabilities which will drag down the economy for years to come.
How Will Mayor-Elect Eric Adams Impact Education in NYC?
Adams will face a similar situation, the teacher union contract ends in mid November, and the lame duck mayor will probably pass the contract along to Adams. i. e., fixed terms for PEP members, a member selected by the City Council, more transparency, etc. Adams could follow the same pattern; select a former highly regarded Department of Education superintendent, or, seek a national figure? The plan richly funds schools: will Adams and the new Speaker of the City Council amend the current budget? If he selects a high profile PEP leadership and a well respected chancellor, with independence, education initiatives can move forward.
City Agriculture
Geotherapy Not Geoengineering, Pleasehttp://solarray.blogspot.com/2021/04/geotherapy-not-geoengineering-please.htmlNB: Geotherapy can work from flower pot on a windowsill scale to thousands of hectares and should be part of the thinking about all agriculture, urban or notBarnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles to revive its olive grovehttps://inhabitat.com/las-barnsdall-art-park-revives-historic-olive-grove/https://www.laparks.org/historic/barnsdall-art-park10 urban food forestshttps://www.agritecture.com/blog/2021/6/24/10-urban-food-forests-turning-cities-into-food-producing-oasesArchitects employ agritecturehttps://www.agritecture.com/blog/2021/6/23/can-agritecture-help-us-adapt-to-climate-change-these-architects-think-soTiny forests in big citieshttps://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/why-tiny-forests-are-popping-up-in-big-citieshat tip Howard BernsteinSolar Trees Marketplace in Chinahttps://koichitakada.com/projects/solar-trees-marketplace/https://inhabitat.com/solar-trees-marketplace-honors-nature-technology-and-chinese-culture/Urban green spaces in Dhaka, Bangladesh harbor nearly half the country’s butterfly diversityhttps://academic.oup.com/jue/article/7/1/juab008/6218512hat tip John ThackaraSustainable food production for a resilient Rosario, Argentinahttps://prizeforcities.orghttps://cleantechnica.com/2021/06/30/sustainable-food-production-for-a-resilient-rosario-prize-for-cities-2020-2021/Editorial Comment: Rosario, Argentina is the birthplace of Che GuevaraZero waste house that produces its own foodhttps://www.futurefoodsystem.comhttps://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210629-joost-bakker-on-why-zero-waste-living-is-the-futureAI-Based Sustainable Farming Tech Startup ecoRobotix Raises $14.7 Millionhttps://cleantechnica.com/2021/06/30/ai-based-sustainable-farming-tech-startup-ecorobotix-raises-14-7-million/Editorial Comment: robots to apply herbicidesRare orchid discovered on London rooftop gardenhttps://www.treehugger.com/why-city-greening-is-so-impor
Wells Fargo hurts consumers by eliminating personal credit lines, highlights credit bureau pitfalls
Credit scoring bureaus tend to score credit users (i.e. Closing accounts or holding accounts for limited times may have a negative impact on your credit report, but don’t worry, Wells Fargo is working on … well, they aren’t sure, CNBC continues. When it was offered, the credit lines had variable interest rates ranging from 9.5% to 21%. Much of an individual’s ability to improve his or her finances is predicated on his or her ability to maintain a high credit score. As a result, they may suffer other penalties, like higher interest rates, difficulty getting a loan, or buying a house.
FOX News 'Comedian' Callously Insults the People Who Were Injured During Trump's Insurrection
Fox is also not a comedy network. And Greg Gutfeld is only a comedian if you think that crude mockery of people who are disadvantaged or suffering is funny. The subject was Trump's January 6th insurrection in Washington, D.C. On that day more than a hundred police officers were injured, some with permanent disabilities. His monologue (video below) attacked reporters who are now struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by Trump's Capitol Hill rioters. He refers to them contemptuously as "these poor souls" and maligns them for thinking that January 6th was worse than 9/11.
Speaking of scumbags, Avenatti sentenced to 30 months....
Remember all the Democrats that were having orgasms over his “running for President”. I was embarrased being a Democrats by those throwing money at him as if a viable candidate. Wonder how many people would not admit jumping on that con man’s band wagon. For those that did, you should be embarrassed for yourselves. I hated lard-ass too but that was never going to be the answer.
Jen Psaki exposes Republican assault on Democracy matter of factly at the presser. That's messaging.
Jen Psaki is effective because of the manner in which she pierces the opponent. Jen Psaki continues with the message consistencySee full episodes here. To many, the words Jen Psaki used in the preamble to her press conference would go unnoticed in real-time but would be distinctly heard subliminally. Psaki pointed out that the President and Vice-President would be meeting with black leaders of major civil rights organizations. Please join our YouTube channel to get the numbers up to open up some more features and reach more folks.
WH press secretary on GOP-led attack on COVID-19 vaccine: ‘This is about saving lives’
As anyone who knows their history well can tell you, Nazis and communists are super best buds, since like forever. ”These are grassroots voices across the country, they are not members of the government. They are volunteers, they are clergy, they are trusted voices in communities that are playing this role and door knocking.” And Psaki reiterated that this isn’t a new initiative. It has been going on for months, and while it has not been nearly as effective as one might hope, it has had some effect in areas. Psaki ended her response by making it simple: “This is about saving lives.”The conversation about vaccine education begins at the 1:16:36 mark, or -26:00 mark—depending on how your screen reads the timecode.
George Floyd Story
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"The most effective ways to create a more inclusive, fair-for-all future will be from the bottom up. Rob Kall's book lays out how that would look with a hopeful, pragmatic vision that will change the way you see the world." Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation, a columnist for The Progressive, and the author of eight books on the politics of sports, including What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States and A People's History of Spo
Biden Defends Ending a War He's Not Fully Ending
Biden pretends not only that the war was launched for good reason, but that it succeeded, that it "degraded the terrorist threat." The war on terrorism has taken a couple of hundred cave-dwellers and expanded them into thousands spread across continents. This has long been largely an air war, and you can't end an air war by removing ground troops. Oh, and he plans to get other nations to control an airport in Afghanistan in support of course of Afghanistan's rights and responsibilities. This effort compares with what's needed as Biden's domestic health, wealth, environment, infrastructure, education, retirement, and labor efforts compare with what's needed.)
Putin's ally is a country that doesn't want to be second
This time we will talk about China, a backwards country that turned into one of the most influential nations in the world. China is digging its talons into the crumbled Russia slowly and steadily. It will be able to formally keep its national symbols, but China will de facto rule the country. Ironically, Russia currently believes China to be its greatest ally in the fight against the West. If we look at the resources available to both nations, we can't talk about Russia cooperating with China, but instead China cooperating with Russia.
It's a Crime to Trust God
(Daylight Atheism - July 5, 2021)Fundamentalists and Republicans who dominate Mississippi put "In God We Trust" on car license plates, forcing all drivers to promote religion. "The phrase 'IN GOD WE TRUST' is rooted in hostility toward non-Christians and atheists, intended to convey the message that non-belief in the Christian god is un-American," the lawsuit says. Actually, it's a crime to trust god. Their church proclaims: "It's a definite sin to trust medical care and pills instead of the Name of Jesus." It's all about devout people who commit the crime of trusting god.
Australian school support workers condemn worsening conditions and union’s role
Educational support (ES) workers in Victoria are speaking out about their shocking conditions, which are the responsibility of the state Labor Party government and the Australian Education Union (AEU). The AEU has repeatedly claimed to be taking forward the interests of ES staff, who play a crucial role in the running of schools. An ES staff worker in a secondary school commented in the survey: “Our schedules constantly change to accommodate absences, changes in funding. “I think ES staff are worked to the bone… It’s like the administration wants to get their value out of you. Most ES staff feel that they are working over their hours.
UK universities cut arts, languages, humanities and social science degrees
Universities in England are threatening a huge wave of course closures in the arts, languages, humanities and social sciences, derided by the Tory government as “dead-end courses”. As higher education becomes a marketplace with brutal competition to recruit students and cut costs, universities are enacting corporate-style restructuring plans, “uneconomic” courses and jobs. Last year the University of the Arts London announced the closure of its Drama Centre London, calling its funding “unsustainable”. Universities have taken advantage of the pandemic to force through many of these changes, but the cuts are driven by a deep-rooted assault on higher education. It notes that the government currently has “very limited control over the substantial taxpayer investment in higher education” since the universities receive tuition fees directly.
Australian Postal workers support striking Volvo workers in the US
The latest meeting of the Australian Postal Workers Rank-and-File Committee unanimously passed a resolution in solidarity with striking Volvo workers in Dublin, Virginia. The committee has been closely following the struggle in the plant and stands in solidarity with the Volvo Workers Rank-and-File Committee. The meeting passed the following resolution:The Australian Postal Workers Rank-and-File Committee (PWRFC) extends its international solidarity and support to the 3,000 striking Volvo workers at the New River Valley plant in Dublin, Virginia and the Volvo rank-and-file committee you have established. I support all the demands of the Volvo workers rank-and-file committee and its exposure of the rotten role of the UAW. The stand Volvo workers and the Volvo Workers Rank-and-File Committee have taken is inspiring.
Biden administration rolls out red carpet for Saudi prince implicated in Khashoggi murder
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Saudi Prince Khalid bin Salman (Twitter)The prince is the first senior member of the Saudi ruling family to visit the US since Democratic President Joe Biden took office last January. The Biden administration ordered sanctions against the assassins and the senior advisor who supervised their bloody work, but took no action whatsoever against MBS himself. At the State Department, he held talks with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland and Counselor Derek Chollet. At the Pentagon, he met with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Mark Milley. The official statements issued by the different US government agencies hosting the Saudi prince were all virtually identical.
Haiti’s fate is intertwined with the U.S.
President Biden acknowledged it was “a God-awful thing to say,” but he said it anyway. “If Haiti just quietly sunk into the Caribbean or rose up 300 feet, it wouldn’t matter a whole lot in terms of our interest,” the longtime senator from Delaware said in a 1994 TV interview. He was justifying why he seemed so much more engaged in the turmoil afflicting the Balkans than the troubles facing this small country in America’s backyard, which the United States and its allies had just invaded to restore democratically elected leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power after a 1991 military coup. In Biden’s view, the war in Bosnia carried geopolitical relevance that Haiti — no matter its proximity to the United States or the suffering of its people — never could.
Pope Francis’s surgery elevates questions about the remaining years of his papacy
But Melloni, speaking generally, said that in an era when papal resignations are in play, popes might not want to wait until the very end to step aside. If a pope’s condition is too deteriorated, his decision might not be accepted under the one requirement of canon law: that the choice be reached freely. And once a pope is truly weakened, Melloni said, the Vatican bureaucracy will want to keep a pontiff in place, as those in the Roman Curia can capitalize on the power vacuum.
El Salvador expels prominent Mexican journalist, draws sharp criticism from human rights groups
“It is yet another step in the escalating persecution of the free press not only in El Salvador, but in other nations in the region where there seems to be a pandemic of censorship and harassment and other growing signs of an authoritarian regression,” said Leopoldo Maldonado, regional director for Mexico and Central America at Article 19, a British press freedom organization.
Civil Rights leaders warn against GOP-led voter suppression
Civil Rights leaders met with Pres. Biden and Vice Pres. Harris pushing the White House to react as Republicans continue to push laws aimed at voter suppression. Ashley Parker, Jonathan Lemire, and Melissa Murray all join to discuss.
JONAH GOLDBERG: Biden needs a do-over
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)In 2020, it was widely reported that Joe Biden wanted to be a “transitional” president. At a campaign event in Detroit, appearing with several younger, more progressive Democratic politicians, he seemed to endorse this idea. Only his gains among moderate to conservative voting groups allowed him to prevail.”That brings me to why Biden needs a do-over. The base of the Democratic Party is obsessed with the idea that a massive transformation of American government is possible. Moreover, the longer the Democratic Party is committed to this fantasy, the longer it will be a minority party.
EDITORIAL: Don’t undermine property rights with demolition plan
Las Vegas city officials made clear this week that they’ll seek more power to demolish abandoned structures they believe pose a threat to the community. The City Council on Wednesday heard that there are scores of vacant buildings throughout the city that have numerous problems and might be candidates for demolition. What revisions do city officials have in mind? The frustration of residents and city officials is understandable. But in seeking to make it easier to tear down neglected structures, the city mustn’t run roughshod over property rights.
LETTER: The Bible as a book of parables
In response to Mark Wolfson’s Monday letter to the editor in which he identifies the Bible as a book of parables: He’s correct. Jesus often communicated spiritual principles to his listeners by use of parables. But the Bible is also the book of truth. In fact, the Bible, itself, frequently invites its readers to freely choose to follow its directives. I respectfully would say to Mr. Wolfson that this “4,000 year-old book of parables” will remain long after you and I are dust.
Toyota Will No Longer Donate To Republicans Who Voted To Overturn 2020 Election
Toyota is reversing course on campaign donations to lawmakers who tried to overturn the election. The car manufacturer announced Thursday that it will no longer donate to members of Congress who voted against certifying the 2020 election, according to The Detroit News. “We’re thankful that Toyota has seen the light and will stop donating to members of the sedition caucus,” Libowitz told HuffPost. “The Lincoln Project will not sit by and watch as companies like Toyota — companies that have benefited from America’s economic strength and freedom — give money to politicians who are working to overthrow that same system,” Lincoln Project co-founder Reed Galen told The Detroit News. The Lincoln Project was founded in 2019 by Republican “Never Trumpers” George Conway, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver and Rick Wilson with a stated goal of defeating then-President Donald Trump.
The Post Says: Beware the word ‘standardize’
In the waning days of his administration, and flush with cash, Mayor de Blasio can’t help but meddle — announcing a $202 million initiative to standardize English and math instruction. Ah, “standardize.” In other parts of the country, that’s meant “watering down,” telling schools they can’t teach high-level math courses or in any way challenge high achievers. De Blasio and teachers union chief Mike Mulgrew crowed this will let teachers spend more time on instruction rather than having to come up with lesson plans. Which is another way of saying that a small group of left-wing activists in the DOE and UFT want to decide what every kid in the city learns. Luckily, this won’t be rolled out until the fall of 2023, giving the new mayor — likely Eric Adams — time to review it, change it, or scrap it.
Mark Steyn raises concerns about the American Intelligence community
Mark Steyn raised questions about the United States intelligence community Thursday on ‘Fox News Primetime.’MARK STEYN: When you have, as America does, some five million people with a security clearance, that’s equivalent to the entire population of New Zealand all thinking they’re James Bond: you have a dark, bloated bureaucracy with massive powers to violate the privacy of anyone they want to. In theory, they should be using this power against foreigners, but the massive expansion of the 24/7 panopticon surveillance state since 9/11 has done nothing for America’s position in the world:We know so little about our Afghan adversaries that we’ve taken twenty years to lose to goatherds with fertilizer. In the broader geopolitical picture, China knows everything about us, we know nothing about them. WATCH THE FULL MONOLOGUE HERE:
How America fell out of love with Europe
The truth is just the opposite: The West cannot survive without a strong Europe. During the Cold War, Washington wasn’t shy about exercising its power in a more naked fashion when dealing with Japan, Indonesia or the Philippines. First, as China replaced Russia as the main rival to the United States, Europe is now far removed from the center of the action. If Europe is at risk of being taken over by Russia or China, who is in a position to stop them? The European Union would be in a position of weakness.
Storms thwart outdoor Pyer Moss show, forcing postponement
IRVINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — It was a glorious setting for a buzzy fashion show: the lawn outside a 34-room, columned Italianate mansion in Irvington, New York, 30 miles from New York City. Heavy thunderstorms that had guests scurrying to take cover wherever they could find shelter ultimately forced the cancellation Thursday of the Pyer Moss collection by Kerby Jean-Raymond, which now will be shown on Saturday. The thunder, lightning and heavy rain started almost immediately after guests arrived for the 2p.m. ADVERTISEMENTFinally, at just past 5 p.m., organizers bowed to the inevitable and postponed the show until Saturday — same setting. It promised to be a special show: the debut couture collection for Jean-Raymond, the first Black American designer asked to join the couture calendar.
The rapid decline of White evangelical America?
Americans’ religiosity overall has declined significantly in recent years, but even against that backdrop, the decline is sizable. Over this span, White evangelical Christians’ share of the population has declined by 37 percent, compared with 8 percent for White nonevangelical Protestants and 27 percent for White Catholics. The decline has also very notably continued over the past three years, despite a slight rebound in these other groups. The result: There are now more White nonevangelical Christians than evangelical ones for the first time since at least 2006.
Philanthropies eagerly back journalist Hannah-Jones
NEW YORK (AP) — Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones used major philanthropic donors to build her future as a tenured professor at Howard University, just as other major donors sought to stymie the Pulitzer Prize-winning Black investigative reporter at the University of North Carolina. Backed by $20 million in donations, Hannah-Jones announced Tuesday the establishment of the Center for Journalism and Democracy at Howard to increase diversity in journalism. “It is important in a democracy like America, that journalism reflects America,” said Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation. At Howard, Hannah-Jones has “accepted something that is more meaningful and more valuable to her. The Knight Foundation does not plan to cut ties with the school, despite the controversy surrounding her extended tenure fight, which was marked by allegations of racism and a conservative backlash to her work.
July 8 recap: Tucson news you may have missed today
SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea will enforce its strongest social distancing restrictions in the greater capital area starting next week as it wrestles with what appears to be the worst wave of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.
US climate envoy announces Russia trip at time of tension
U.S. climate envoy John Kerry will meet with Russian officials in Moscow next week, making him the highest-ranking Biden administration official to visit Russia so far, at a time when the two countries are at odds. 4 globally due to its dependence on coal burning, is an outsize contributor to climate change relative to the size of its economy and population. Kerry, former Secretary of State in the Obama administration, is encouraging other governments to commit to tough targets to cut emissions ahead of a U.N. global climate summit later this year. Russian President Vladimir Putin took part by video in President Joe Biden's April climate summit. The trip comes as the two nations spar over ransomware attacks blamed on gangs linked to Russia, putting Biden under domestic pressure to punish Russia over the hacking.
South Sudan marks tortured decade since independence
Thousands celebrated South Sudan's independence in July 2011 but the revelry was shortlivedAdvertising Read moreJuba (AFP)South Sudan marks a decade of independence on Friday but there is little to celebrate in a country crippled by civil war, chronic instability and desperate hunger. At midnight on July 9, 2011, raucous celebrations erupted as the world's newest nation was born and the people of South Sudan cheered the end of a decades-long struggle for statehood from Sudan. But Kiir said the cash-strapped state was is no position to celebrate, blaming international sanctions for keeping South Sudan poor and prosperity out of reach. But its leaders failed to stem corruption, and the new South Sudan was looted rather than rebuilt, as huge sums from its vast oil fields were syphoned off and squandered. The political leaders who led South Sudan to independence -- and then back to war -- are still in power today, ruling in a tenuous coalition forged under a peace deal.
The steady erosion of Trump-hate is a growing problem for Team Biden
Group mind-reading, especially when directed toward such a disparate section of the political media, is hazardous. Stewart’s declaration demolished the charges of racist bigotry on the part of the former president, on this subject at least. Trump has retained the support of more than 40 percent of Americans, and larger percentages of Republicans, in polling since leaving office. Conrad Black is an essayist and author of 10 books, including three on Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Richard Nixon and Donald Trump. He co-hosts the "Scholars & Sense" podcast with former Education Secretary Bill Bennett and Hoover Institution scholar Victor Davis Hanson.
Pakistan opens state-run school for transgender students
MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan opened its first government-run school for transgender students on Thursday in the central city of Multan, a provincial education minister said, promising to set up more such schools in the future. The school, established by the educational department in Punjab province, where Multan is located, opened its doors on the first day of school with 18 students enrolled. He added hopes that the school will help transgender youth get better job opportunities later on in life. More trans students were still expected to enroll in time at the school in Multan, where classes are offered from grade 1-12. In Pakistan, trans people are also often forced into begging, dancing and even prostitution to earn money.
Opinion | The Nation Needs a Reality-Based G.O.P. Only the Kook Caucus Is Stepping Up.
Next year’s midterms have the potential to stock the Republican Party at all levels with rabble-rousers that make the Gingrich revolutionaries of 1994 and the Tea Partiers of 2010 look like RINO squishes. But under Donald Trump, the Republican Party set aside policy and principles to become a cult of personality. This requires embracing the fiction that the election was stolen from Mr. Trump and that MAGA loyalists are duty-bound to fight to right this wrong. Over half believe that election audits will “probably” or “definitely” reverse the outcome, according to a Morning Consult poll from mid-June. And a poll from early June found that 29 percent of Republicans consider it at least somewhat likely that Mr. Trump will be reinstated as president this year.
Man knocks out and hogties active shooter in Oregon
A man knocked out and hogtied an active shooter who fired off 30 rounds at an Oregon apartment complex, reports said. Gunman Luke Stolarzyk, 32, was the only person injured in the June 29 shooting at Stephens Creek Crossing in Portland, The Oregonian/Oregonlive.com reported. “You’re lucky I didn’t kill you,” Stolarzyk yelled at the man who disarmed him, The Oregonian stated, citing court documents. Later, Stolarzyk came back looking for the neighbor with the dog, this time armed with an AR-15, the Oregonian said. Resident Peroz Khoshnaw told The Oregonian in a previous report that she was on her knees praying when bullets shattered her windows.
New study shows dramatic gap in religious diversity between the Southeast and much of the country
One in four Americans are secularists, the authors’ research finds, and the movement is growing among the young. Chapters of the Secular Student Alliance went from 42 in 2003 to hundreds today, the book says, reflecting organizing and political mobilizing. The book argues that the core divides in the Democratic Party — between progressives and centrists, highly evident in the 2020 presidential race — has secularism “at the very heart of such battles for the soul of the Democratic Party.”
Kurt Bardella: Nothing will matter if we don’t win voting rights fight
President Biden’s new voting rights initiatives vs. the many GOP voter suppression laws are analyzed by activists and politics experts who emphasize that this is a critical moment for protecting our democracy.
Joy Reid on ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author, U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance recanting Trump critiques
‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author J.D. Vance has apologized for his negative statements about Donald Trump, as he launches his U.S. Senate bid for an Ohio seat. Joy Reid critiques J.D. Vance’s walk back in this edition of ‘The Absolute Worst.’
Happy 4th of July, America. Stop letting polarization kill you.
The cleavages in American society have become so extreme that where one lives and how one votes increasingly has life and death consequences. And no recent issue better exemplifies this phenomenon than the growing red state/blue state divide over Covod-19 vaccinations. So far, only 18 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have surpassed the 70 percent marker for vaccinations. Decades ago, most American states saw similar improvements in life expectancy; all boats tended to rise as one. On the anniversary of our independence, America is less a country united and far more a house divided.
Mark Volpe looks back at 23 years of running the BSO
The #MeToo movement brought painful revelations about former BSO music director James Levine. If you look at the Tanglewood Music Center — it’s well over 30 commissions by women composers. When I arrived, the Tanglewood Music Center was in total disarray, and now it’s by all accounts the leading training academy [in classical music]. When you say orchestra, I would say society. I think it’s close to a third of the pieces are either by women composers or composers of color, so I don’t think Tanglewood is necessarily a reflection.
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Democrats bet on early Latino outreach to avoid 2020 pitfallsBerrios, co-founder of a new nonprofit, Mi Vecino, or “My Neighbor” has a lot riding on developing the right pitch. His group, which works out of a cramped office in the shadow of Disney World, is targeting Latino would-be voters. He was role-playing how best to approach them in front of Walgreens, amid games of dominoes at a senior center or outside El Bodegon, a supermarket chain specializing in Colombian products.
Sisolak unveils $250,000 winner at 1st ‘Vax Nevada Days’ raffle
Steve Sisolak said a North Las Vegas kindergarten teacher has won $250,000 during the state’s “Vax Nevada Days” raffle in Las Vegas. Steve Sisolak congratulates Elizabeth A. after she won $250,000 on Thursday, July 8, 2021 in North Las Vegas. Steve Sisolak has announced the first winners of the state’s “Vax Nevada Days” raffle inside the Tyrone Thompson Student Union on the College of Southern Nevada’s North Las Vegas campus. Elizabeth A., a kindergarten teacher from North Las Vegas, won the top prize of $250,000. Nevadans who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are generally entered into the raffle.
Minnesota man receives brother’s remains 80 years after he died at Pearl Harbor
For Orville Staffenhagen, the flag-covered casket solemnly carried Thursday by six Navy pall bearers was a brotherly reunion 80 years overdue. Inside was Navy Fireman 1st Class Neal Todd of Akeley, Minn., who had gone missing in 1941 with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He was brought home with pomp and honor to 58 family members waiting Thursday at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. “It was a pretty trying time for my mother,” Orville Staffenhagen said. “The fact that we can actually get back someone who was from the Pearl Harbor attack and help bring closure to those families of the service members, it’s a tremendous honor,” said Lt. Cmdr.
Gov. Ducey defends flat income tax rate, not concerned about attempt to block it
“Today, Arizona has the lowest flat tax in the nation at 2.5%,” he said. “So we wanted to return those to the citizens of Arizona who created the dollars in the first place.”And what of those who are trying to get voters to review — and veto — both the size of the tax cut and who benefits? “Of course, in this political environment you’re not going to please everyone,’’ the governor said. And he rejected questions about whether that figure is misleading given that most Arizonans will see nowhere close to that. The reason the “average’’ is where it is relates to two separate changes in the tax code.
China opens more research centres dedicated to Xi Jinping Thought
Xi Jinping recently gave a speech celebrating the Communist Party’s achievements in its first 100 years. Photo: Xinhua
The U.S. Has Strayed Far From Its Founding Ideals
During the recent holiday, I reflected on how we've strayed from the ideals expressed so eloquently by Thomas Jefferson. Despite the virus's perils, governments abused their authority through lockdown policies and onerous outdoor mask mandates. Talking to Reason, George Mason University economist Alex Tabarrok noted that the agencies' response to the pandemic is "a failure of historic proportions." But pandemics are not the only excuses governments use to violate our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It's time that we rediscover the promise of the American Founding and build upon it to make America truly the land of the free.
Group from Florida arrested, charged in Jan. 6 attack on Capitol
Five from Florida charged with violent acts during Jan. 6 riots at U.S. Capitol. Group members carried zip-ties, punched and hit officers with flagpoles, according to Justice Department officials. WASHINGTON — Five people from Florida have been charged with attacking police officers and other offenses during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building, according to documents released by the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday. Doolin, Perkins, Hutchinsonand Pollock were charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding officers, among other charges. Doolin, armed with zip-tie handcuffs and a riot-control chemical canister, is the only defendant not accused of assaulting officers, according to the report.
The week in whoppers: The teachers union’s CRT flip, Tlaib’s anarchy and more
Spot the difference:We say: Make up your mind, American Federation of Teachers. Last month, the nation’s second-largest teachers union bragged that its “educators” are “teaching critical race theory” in schools. Yet this week, AFT President Randi Weingarten denied it, even as she also vowed to defend those who teach it. [which] continue to terrorize migrant communities.”— Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), in a video interview uploaded WednesdayRep. Rashida Tlaib wants to eliminate ICE and Homeland Security from the US. ), which is plainly pushing prices up.
Entire Families Were Lost in the Surfside Collapse. Here Is One of Their Stories.
“We waited and waited and waited. Eventually, the families were escorted to what remained of the high-rise building, which had once soared 13 stories. Ms. Hurst watched as a search dog stopped in one area and began barking. She wanted to believe in that moment that the dog had found her little brother and his family, that they were under the rubble but alive. She did not know at the time that his body had already been recovered.
Congressman wants Air Force prof yanked for teaching critical race theory
AP Photo/David ZalubowskiGreen was responding to a Washington Post op-ed by Lynne Chandler García, an associate professor of political science. “In my classes, cadets learn about the ideals embedded in this founding document,” wrote García, referring to the Constitution. Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.) wrote a letter to Acting Air Force Secretary John Roth. Rod Lamkey / CNP/Sipa USA“Critical Race Theory teaches that the only way to right past racial discrimination is with present racial discrimination. This teaching is utterly incompatible with the principles in the Declaration of Independence and the Civil Rights Movement—not to mention illegal,” Green continued.
Howard University lands Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ta-Nehisi Coates on the same day
On Tuesday, Howard University made two high-profile hires, welcoming journalists Ta-Nehisi Coates and Nikole Hannah-Jones to its faculty. In response to his appointment, Coates, who is currently writing a screenplay for Warner Brothers’ upcoming Black Superman film, credited Howard for much of his success. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)“I would not be who I am without the faculty at Howard,” he said in a statement. “I am disappointed that Nikole Hannah-Jones will not be joining our campus community as a member of our faculty. While I regret she won’t be coming to Chapel Hill, the students, faculty and staff of Howard University will benefit from her knowledge and expertise.
Sisolak to announce 1st ‘Vax Nevada Days’ raffle winners
Steve Sisolak will announce the first winners of the state’s “Vax Nevada Days” raffle on Thursday evening in Las Vegas. Steve Sisolak announces a COVID-19 vaccine incentive program, "Vax Nevada Days," in the Twitch Lounge at Allegiant Stadium June 17, 2021. Steve Sisolak will announce the first winners of the state’s “Vax Nevada Days” raffle at 6 p.m. on Thursday inside the Tyrone Thompson Student Union on the College of Southern Nevada’s North Las Vegas campus. The public health initiative, launched last month to try to increase the state’s vaccination rate, will hand out $5 million in cash and prizes. Nevadans who have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are generally entered into the raffle.
Addiction expert testimony: Dependence on painkillers was underestimated
The medical community was unprepared for the large number of patients who became physically dependent on painkillers during the opioid epidemic that has killed thousands of Long Island residents, a Stanford University addiction specialist testified Thursday in Central Islip. "This is a brand-new problem that we have never encountered before," Lembke said during testimony in the landmark lawsuit filed by Nassau, Suffolk and New York Attorney General Letitia James against opioid manufacturers and distributors. State and county officials say they hope to hold the companies accountable for the death and misery caused by the opioid epidemic, and to recoup hundreds of millions of dollars for treatment, recovery and prevention. Before the epidemic, Lembke said, physicians would gradually reduce opioid use over two weeks. He had testified that a "narcotic conservatism" that grew out of the abuse of opioids during the late 1800s had eroded by the 1990s, fueling the opioid epidemic.
Tucker Carlson calls for teachers to wear body cameras to prevent critical race theory teaching
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has called for body cameras to worm by all teachers, during a segment where he railed against “critical race theory”. “The overwhelming majority of Americans, and pollsters have found this pretty clearly, think this is insane,” Mr Carlson said about critical race theory on 6 July. “It is BS, in fact it’s more than that, it’s civilization-ending poison.”Critical race theory (CRT) is a school of thought that began in the 1970s. “Tucker Carlson wants cameras in every classroom to make sure teachers aren't teaching whatever it is he’s defining as ‘critical race theory,’” wrote Andrew Lawerence from Media Matters For America. In reply, a teacher said that she loved “knowing I’m one of those teacher(s) Tucker Carlson fears”.
The Supreme Court and its Trump-chosen justices is poised to change America for the worse
The US Supreme Court’s conservative supermajority is looking to take away your rights. Yet a look at past decisions cast by the Supreme Court Justices means we need to take this challenge seriously. Justice Thomas has criticized abortion jurisprudence and said that the Supreme Court should be open to reconsidering precedent, including on abortion rights, in the past. This issue and others that progressives face with a testosterone-heavy, conservative Supreme Court could be changed by President Biden and the Democratically-held Congress. In April of this year, Biden issued an executive order to study reforms to the Supreme Court.
Texas Republicans renew efforts to pass voting restrictions in special session
The opening of the special session in Austin came as the Conservative Political Action Conference convened a few hours north in Dallas, where Trump was scheduled to speak on Sunday. The urgency among Texas Republicans to try again to enact one of the most far-reaching election laws in the country reflects the former president’s continuing popularity within the GOP — and the enduring power of his false claim that his defeat in the 2020 election was tainted by fraud. The conservative gathering is likely to amplify those claims, with sessions titled “Detecting Threats to Election Integrity: How to Collect Evidence of Fraud,” and “Spare the Fraud, Spoil the Child: The Future of American Elections.”
Nuclear Energy Will Not Be the Solution to Climate Change
Advocates hope that this renewed focus on nuclear energy will yield technological progress and lower costs. Put simply, given the economic trends in existing plants and those under construction, nuclear power cannot positively impact climate change in the next ten years or more. NO SILVER BULLETFor all these reasons, nuclear energy cannot be a near- or perhaps even medium-term silver bullet for climate change. Despite its limitations, nuclear power still has some potential to reduce carbon emissions—and that is a good thing. But rather than placing unfounded faith in the ability of nuclear power to save the planet, we need to focus on the real threat: the changing climate.
Toyota won't donate to election objectors after company was targeted by anti-Trump PAC in ad
The announcement came after an anti-Trump PAC said it would target companies that donated to lawmakers who refused to certify the election. Toyota Motor Corp. will no longer donate to members of Congress who voted against certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 election win in January, the company said Thursday. In fact, in 2021, the vast majority of the contributions went to Democrats and Republicans who supported the certification of the 2020 election. We understand that the PAC decision to support select Members of Congress who contested the results troubled some stakeholders. More than 140 Congress members voted against certifying the 2020 election, all Republicans, baselesslyclaiming fraud.
Opinion | Is the Rise of the Substack Economy Bad for Democracy?
The Substack model has no shortage of skeptics. As Will Oremus writes in Slate, commentators have historically acted as subsidies for the more expensive and less glamorous work of local reporting — and, I would add for news operations like this one, international coverage. “The Times’s digital success has been built partly on a major expansion of its opinion section; magazines such as The Atlantic and Mother Jones have relied on their best-known columnists to support their originally reported features and investigations,” Oremus writes. “It’s those personalities that Substack is going after and poaching.”As a result, the paid subscription newsletter business is likely to favor writers who already have a national platform. The intention is declarative — you, too, can make it on Substack.
Big Weed’s meteoric rise is a sad symbol of Rust Belt decline
But for legal weed, the future looks bright green, which is why even conservative small towns like mine are authorizing so-called dispensaries. “I thought you guys still made some stuff here, but the only signs I saw were for weed stores,” one of them said. Here is the future that Big Dope wants (Big Finance and Big Tech, too): a nation of drug-addled semi-employed morons addicted to junk food delivered by wage slaves, pornography, Internet gambling and whatever crass entertainment is suggested by the algorithm. The glory days of the Big Three and the United Auto Workers are never coming back. A world in which slinging dope is a generation’s only meaningful employment prospect is one that will eventually destroy itself.
Opinion : Nikole Hannah-Jones just proved the correctness of critical race theory
I have no beef with Hannah-Jones for declining a job at a journalism school that is literally named after the White man who, as he so delicately put it, “expressed my concerns” about her hiring. But, for now, I am okay with working at a university that in its early years was financed by the sale of enslaved people. I love my students and respect my colleagues, and have been part of the community’s efforts, still incomplete, to make reparations for that travesty. Sometimes, helping majority-White spaces be less racist and more inclusive feels transformative. Other times, it feels like an intellectual version of my great-grandfather’s job; he cleaned outhouses — i.e., shoveling White people’s excrement.
‘The Outlier’ reconsiders Jimmy Carter’s presidency
So it should come as no surprise that Jimmy Carter, a one-term president like Trump, is having his day in court. He still buys his clothes at Dollar General, a convicted murderer was his daughter’s White House nanny, he lived in public housing long before he moved into the White House, he loaded 300 tons of fertilizer into 100- and 200-pound bags to make a living. (Lyndon B. Johnson, who ascended to the White House after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, doesn’t count.) And Bird’s biography redeems his presidency and reminds us of how callous we might have been during his years in office. THE OUTLIER: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy CarterBy Kai BirdCrown, 784 pages, $38David M. Shribman, for a decade the Globe’s Washington bureau chief, is a nationally syndicated columnist.
The redemption of Bobby George
Bobby George, one of Boston’s best, most irrepressible lawyers, could have played Tommy Killian in the movie. Bobby George is putting out a shingle again, back to practicing something he was very good at: the law. The new Bobby George has something never associated with the old Bobby George: humility. The redemption of Bobby George means he won’t be. “Without your family and your friends,” Bobby George said, “you’re nothing.”Kevin Cullen is a Globe columnist.
Diehl’s first test: Can he force Baker to make a decision earlier than he wants?
At the same time, if Baker doesn’t run, the open seat creates a lot of opportunities: If politicians seeking higher office leave their current positions to run, then there are even more open seats for others to seek, and so on. The swirl of the 2022 midterm elections in the Commonwealth begins the moment Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announces a decision on whether to seek a third term. Diehl, the Republican nominee for US Senate against Elizabeth Warren in 2018, announced over the weekend that he will run for governor. This week Baker told reporters he had yet to decide what he will do, but will announce his decision “soon.” Whatever “soon” means. In theory, Diehl would need a Donald Trump endorsement, a galvanized Republican base, and polls showing him with momentum.
Building collapse eye-opener for LI
There, about half of the city's 43 high-rises have undergone renovations or repairs, often to fix or upgrade the buildings' structural integrity, facades or balconies. But for the rest of them, there's no official process to inspect the buildings, no way to be sure that every building is safe. That's not to say anyone expects a tragic building collapse to happen here. We don't pretend to know how often inspections must be done, or which buildings would need stricter scrutiny. And state officials will have to determine how to assure fixes are made.
Maura Healey, 14 other attorneys general, reach ‘unprecedented’ resolution with Purdue Pharma
After a three-year legal battle against OxyContin drug maker Purdue Pharma and its owners, the Sackler family, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and 14 other attorneys general have reached a $4.3 billion resolution with the pharmaceutical giant. In 2019, Purdue announced that it had agreed to a $10 billion settlement with 24 state attorneys general, but Healey, who first sued Purdue in 2018, opposed the settlement because the Sacklers did not contribute personal funds to the deal. These documents include every nonprivileged email to or from Sackler family members who sat on the Purdue board or worked for the company. Healey, who was the first state attorney general to sue Purdue in 2018, teared up as she spoke of the families and advocates who lost loved ones to addiction. Charlie Baker acknowledged that the $90 million allocated to Massachusetts isn’t enough to overcome the pain these families lost.
Ducey appoints ex-aide to fill state Supreme Court vacancy
She wrote a letter to the sentencing judge and, as a crime victim, gave an impact statement during the defendant's sentencing. Ducey's appointment of King fills a vacancy created by the retirement earlier this year of now-former Justice Andrew Gould, whom Ducey appointed to the state high court in 2016. Gould is now running as a Republican for state attorney general. King was among seven nominees selected by a state court screening panel. Another former lawyer in Ducey's office, Michael Liburti, also is now a judge after former President Donald Trump appointed him to the U.S. District Court in Arizona.
Ducey appoints ex-aide to fill state Supreme Court vacancy
She wrote a letter to the sentencing judge and, as a crime victim, gave an impact statement during the defendant's sentencing. Ducey's appointment of King fills a vacancy created by the retirement earlier this year of now-former Justice Andrew Gould, whom Ducey appointed to the state high court in 2016. Gould is now running as a Republican for state attorney general. King was among seven nominees selected by a state court screening panel. Another former lawyer in Ducey's office, Michael Liburti, also is now a judge after former President Donald Trump appointed him to the U.S. District Court in Arizona.
The time for Mexico to be talking about earthquakes is now
Additionally, along the west coast of Mexico, the Cocos and North American tectonic plates meet in a subduction zone that creates frequent earthquakes. Just offshore, the Guerrero Gap presents a particular concern to scientists due to its proximity to Mexico City, which has already suffered multiple devastating earthquakes. There are debates amongst seismologists about which parts of Mexico are most likely to yield the next big earthquake. It could be from off Michoacán coast, where, according to the National Seismologic Service (SSN), minor earthquakes occur daily. Some of the poorest states in Mexico are among those most prone to earthquakes, including Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Guerrero.
Democrats bet on early Latino outreach to avoid '20 pitfalls
Berrios, co-founder of a new nonprofit, Mi Vecino, or “My Neighbor” has a lot riding on developing the right pitch. His group, which works out of a cramped office in the shadow of Disney World, is targeting Latino would-be voters. He is role-playing how best to approach them in front of Walgreens, amid games of dominoes at a senior center or outside El Bodegon, a supermarket chain specializing in Colombian products.
11 things that date back to 1982, the year by which Supreme Court says courts should weigh new voting rules
The Supreme Court recently said that judges should consider voting rules in place in 1982 in certain cases. The Court applied that new "guidepost" to cases under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Here are 11 things that date back to 1982 to show how much time has passed. These are all things from 1982, the year that the Supreme Court majority said that courts should take into account when weighing whether voting restrictions violate the Voting Rights Act. In 1982, very few states offered voting options commonplace today, including no-excuse absentee voting, early voting, or automatic and same-day registration.
Opinion | The Gavin Newsom Recall Is a Farce
Ronald Reagan to make sure new public projects passed a minimal environmental review. Those reviews were originally short documents and only for actual public projects. But then the courts decided a public project was any project, public or private, that required government approvals — which is in California basically every project of even modest size. Democrats are the party that wants to do big things through government; Republicans are the party that wants to stop government from doing anything. There is, in theory, a way to unleash public power without letting it serve the whims of deep-pocketed donors: Let the people control government directly.
Arizona GOP Is Ignoring the Real Election Security Threat: Trump
Mark Brnovich claims to be concerned with election security. So why, then, does this self-styled crusader for election integrity seem so unconcerned about an actual, documented instance of attempted fraud? That, of course, should not be surprising: None of this bluster—by Brnovich and by others in states like Pennsylvania, where Republicans are seeking their own Arizona-style “audit”—has ever actually been about election security. That Brnovich can talk about the need to secure elections—hobbling the Voting Rights Act in the process—while apparently ignoring an actual, documented threat to election security, one that targeted a fellow Republican, underscores just how brazen this all is. “It looks to me as if attempted election tampering is now legal in Arizona,” as the Arizona Republic’s EJ Montini put it in a column Monday.
The Right-Wing Vaccine Rebellion Has Arrived on Campus
Right-wing media outlets have, in turn, pounced on the controversy, making campus vaccine requirements the latest front in their insurgency against the White House’s herd immunity plan. During a Wednesday night appearance on Fox News, Charlie Kirk, the cofounder of the pro-Trump youth group Turning Point USA, drew a parallel between student vaccine requirements and the racist caste system once mandated in South Africa. “It’s almost this apartheid-style open-air hostage situation, like, Oh, you can have your freedom back if you get the jab. “Rogue administrators are trying to thwart [students’] educational goals and force them to publicly share their medical history,” the group’s website states. “If the current rate of weekly vaccine initiation continues through August, coverage among young adults will not reach the coverage level of older adults,” the report continued.
The Green Economy Has a Resource-Scarcity Problem
through price premiums on products that rely on sustainable materials or by building entirely new businesses that provide sustainable resources to others. Capture Advantage through Sustainable Business Model InnovationWe suggest that companies adopt the technique of continuous sustainable business model innovation to address and leverage sustainability scarcities. Start by expanding the business model canvas and mapping the flows, resources, and impacts (positive and negative) for the current business model. Model and test business model innovations that break through scarcity constraints. Explore transformations of the business model by applying moves like vertical reintegration or circularity.
Human Creativity in the Age of Smart Machines
Yet any experienced social worker would concede that there is a so-called service-resistant population: homeless individuals who refuse shelters. The Common Ground team went out to the field. In fact, the 18 individuals Common Ground identified had been living on the street for an astonishing 14 years on average. Creativity PrevailsThe story of Rosanne Haggerty and Common Ground is a helpful way to think about interactions among humans and machines. And that very quality of persisting in the struggle of sense-making about the human condition will be people’s biggest advantage in the age of smart machines.
Biden White House runs interference for Hunter’s latest sleaze
First Son Hunter Biden is expecting to score big for the abstract expressionist works he’ll showcase in a solo SoHo exhibition in October. If he does, it’ll be just his latest sleazy cash-in on the family name. Yet the White House is pretending it can all be kept clean by having the dealer keep the buyers anonymous along with guarantees to reject any suspicious offers above the asking price. But Hunter says he expects to pull up to half a million bucks apiece, which makes the asking price plenty suspicious. It’s the Biden family way.
Hannah-Jones claims innocence in gushy CNN segment: 'I just produce journalism'
Still, Hannah-Jones suggested race played a role in the UNC's dragging its feet because of backlash over the 1619 Project, saying, "Every other chair before me, who also happened to be White, received that position with tenure." Hannah-Jones continued her argument on CNN's "New Day," arguing that she didn't know why people find her "so threatening." She suggested to have been the victim of "powerful people" who have failed to recognize "systemic inequality" in the country. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPKing was also featured in a CBS "This Morning" segment on Wednesday in which she praised Hannah-Jones as a "once-in-a-generation journalist." The CBS panelists themselves joined in in heaping praise on Hannah-Jones, noting that Howard University was "lucky" to have her.
Libel laws, the Supreme Court, and Donald Trump’s not-so funny campaign pledge
Things don’t seem so funny now, after last week’s call by two US Supreme Court justices for the court to revisit a bedrock libel law ruling that has protected the free press for more than half a century. That decision and its progeny created an “actual malice” standard for libel suits brought by public officials and other well-known public figures or those who insert themselves in public controversies. “Now, private citizens can become ‘public figures’ on social media overnight,” Gorsuch lamented. But in a libel case, Sullivan allows the impact of that fame can be limited based on its duration and reach. The Supreme Court shouldn’t make it worse.
Should Massachusetts have a two-month sales tax holiday this year?
Konrad Martin Matt SturgessGovernor Charlie Baker’s proposal for a two-month sales tax holiday this year might be just what the doctor ordered. Massachusetts typically offers a two-day holiday in which purchases by individuals of most retail items up to $2,500 are exempted from the 6.25 percent sales tax. Sales tax breaks, including the sales tax holiday, are bad tax policy. Sales tax breaks end up lining the pockets of big-box stores, while mom-and-pop stores generally receive a modest sales benefit. The Legislature should reject Governor Baker’s sales tax proposal, and begin listening to our constituents to determine the most prudent uses of taxpayers’ dollars.
Faith leaders vow to do more to stop gun violence, urge city leaders to end blame game
Ira Acree of Greater St. John Bible Church said this particularly violent summer has led to an urgency to take action as the city emerges from the pandemic. He suggested hosting Friday night dances to get people off the streets and into a place where they can congregate safely. Leaders also plan on knocking on doors throughout the summer to get more people involved with church events. After all sides admit fault, Hatch said, they should move on by developing a comprehensive plan to save lives. “We have not left these communities — I live down the street from here — our prayers are out for our Cmndr.
Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave extended 7 days by MLB while it investigates assault allegations against the LA Dodgers pitcher
Bauer on July 2 was placed on seven days’ paid leave 2 under the joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy adopted by MLB and the players union in 2015. The paid leave has been repeatedly extended for players in the past while investigations proceed.
Anthony Porter, ex-death row inmate whose case was ‘Exhibit A’ in prompting Illinois to halt executions, dies at 66
“His case was perhaps the most significant of them all in generating the clemencies that the governor issued,” said Marshall, now a professor at Stanford Law. “The spectacle of him having come so close to execution, literally within two days, literally having been fit for a suit for the coffin, and only later through Northwestern students for the truth to emerge about his absolute innocence was something that was hard for any fair-minded person to ignore. It generated a sense of outrage. I remember it being said that several people said, ‘What does it mean that we need college students to be able to determine that we have an innocent man we’re about to kill?’ So it was very moving.”
Democrats bet on early Latino outreach to avoid ’20 pitfalls
His group, which works out of a cramped office in the shadow of Disney World, is targeting Latino would-be voters. We’re in the community and we’re staying.”Even as Joe Biden flipped heavily Hispanic Arizona to Democratic to clinch the presidency last November, he underperformed with many Latino voters elsewhere. But Democrats say a problem for them was that they waited until just before the election to intensify outreach to Latino communities. More Latino voters aren’t always a boon to Democrats in other parts of the country, either. Still, some conservative groups already have achieved the kind of ever-active Latino outreach campaigns Democrats envision.
The Inside Outside Guys: Riding out the storm
This pipe is “tapped” into connecting the house sewer line to the public sewer line that also gravity feeds to a larger pipe. This process continues through the system until the sewage is delivered to the waste treatment facility. During heavy rains, we may also have storm water “mix” with the sewage and overwhelm the pipes, again causing back-ups. This device is a “one-way” valve that allows sewage to flow out, but nothing to flow back in. For more housing advice and more, listen to the Inside Outside Guys every Saturday and Sunday on News/Talk 760, WJR-AM, from 10 a.m. to noon or contact us at insideoutsideguys.com.
Judge is asked to change 'trauma' wording in Chauvin memo
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have asked the judge who handled former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial in George Floyd’s death to rewrite his sentencing order to delete suggestions that child witnesses did not suffer trauma. Attorney General Keith Ellison, in a filing released Thursday, stressed that he’s not seeking any change to Chauvin’s 22 1/2-year sentence. But he asked Judge Peter Cahill to revisit the document to remove suggestions that four girls who witnessed Floyd's death and testified at Chauvin's trial weren't traumatized by what they saw. He cited research showing that children process trauma differently from adults and that adults tend to discount the impact of trauma on Black girls. “Discounting the trauma of the children who testified at trial — in an authoritative judicial opinion, no less — will only exacerbate the trauma they have suffered," Ellison wrote.
Third wave in Africa spreading harder and faster than ever
Third wave in Africa spreading harder and faster than everEYE ON AFRICA © FRANCE 24By: Georja Calvin-Smith Follow | Laura DI BIASIO 13 minIn tonight's edition: The worst is yet to come. There are dire warnings about the urgency to respond to Africa's third wave of coronavirus. Uganda though is still facing its second. We speak to epidemiologist Chris Baryomunsi. And rights group welcome the jailing of former South African president Jacob Zuma after he handed himself in to serve a 15 month sentence.
“Apartheid-Style, Open-Air Hostage Situation”: Conservatives Lose Their Minds Over Biden’s Vaccination Push
Take Joe Biden’s push to get as many Americans vaccinated as possible. Republicans really hate this because it marries two of their least favorite things—science and doing things for the greater good. “It’s almost this apartheid-style, open-air hostage situation, like, ‘Oh, you can have your freedom back if you get the jab.’ This is unacceptable. Also many colleges have for years required students to be vaccinated against certain diseases like MMR, meningococcal meningitis ACWY, and hepatitis B. Listen, when you’re cooking or you’re watching a movie, do you want someone knocking on your door that you don’t know?
Ill. Man Facing Charges After Driving His Truck into a Home, Killing 73-Year-Old Woman
Virginia Ann Ohren appears to have died from injuries suffered during the crash, police sayAn Illinois man is facing two felony charges after driving his truck into a 73-year-old woman's home and killing her, authorities say. Late Monday night, the Granite City Police Department received a call that a vehicle had crashed into the front of a house. "Last summer we had the great pleasure of tinting the home of Mrs. Virginia Ohren," Randy and Sandy Heuser, co-owners of Bi-State Glass Coatings, posted on Facebook. "Mrs. Ohren was a kind, sweet and Godly woman, one of those customers you will always remember." A Facebook post from Doug May, a retired Granite City steelworker, said that Ohren was a valued member of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees.
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 | 14 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.
Marilyn Manson released on bail after turning himself in on assault charges, police say
Marilyn Manson released on bail after turning himself in on assault charges, police sayAdded: 08.07.2021 16:31 | 17 views | 0 commentsMarilyn Manson turned himself into LAPD on an arrest warrant based in Gilford, New Hampshire and was released on bail with conditions, police say.
Climate Change Is About Greed. Time for Oil Industry to Pay
Added: 08.07.2021 19:38 | 19 views | 0 commentsJeffrey Sachs writes that America still has a chance to save itself from the dangers of climate change. President Joe Biden's plans to build a new 21st-century infrastructure based on renewable energy, electric vehicles, and other zero-carbon technologies is on the right course -- provided the nation can overcome corporate greed and a broken political system.
The Steady Erosion of Trump-Hate Is a Problem for Biden
The Steady Erosion of Trump-Hate Is a Problem for BidenAdded: 08.07.2021 19:38 | 16 views | 0 commentsDonald Trump has retained the support of more than 40 percent of Americans in polling since leaving office.
What Americans Lost When We Abandoned the Secret Ballot
What Americans Lost When We Abandoned the Secret BallotAdded: 08.07.2021 15:16 | 18 views | 0 commentsSource: www.youtube.comMy father likes to say that the secret ballot means that he doesn't have to listen when I tell him how I voted. This joke conceals a serious point: Ballot secrecy is not just a right of the individual but also a guarantee to all that my vote was not wrung from me by bribery or intimidation. More in www.realclearpolitics.com » Tags: Lost
South Africa's Jacob Zuma: From freedom fighter to president to jail
South Africa's Jacob Zuma: From freedom fighter to president to jailAdded: 08.07.2021 21:16 | 15 views | 0 commentsJacob Zuma achieves political ignominy as the first former president of South Africa to be jailed.
Read an exclusive excerpt from 'The Woods Are Always Watching,' the fall's spookiest YA novel
Read an exclusive excerpt from The Woods Are Always Watching, the fall's spookiest YA novelIn Stephanie Perkins' new novel, two best friends attempt to navigate their changing relationship as they prepare to go off to college thousands of miles apart. Below, read an exclusive excerpt from The Woods Are Always Watching before it hits shelves on Aug. 31. Though Neena couldn't hear the footsteps anymore, surely their owner was still close enough to hear if she called for help. Each time she moved, the other footsteps moved, too. Panic screamed at her to run, but she fought it, afraid of alerting the stranger to her location, afraid of running in the wrong direction, afraid, afraid, afraid—­Her toe tapped against a low stone.
Kiefer Sutherland to Play Eleanor Roosevelt’s Husband in The First Lady
Photo: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP/ShutterstockKiefer Sutherland, 46th president in Designated Survivor, has also been elected 32nd. He’s set to co-star as President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Showtime’s The First Lady, a series reframing American leadership through the women in the White House. Season one interweaves the personal and political exploits of three women in command across three eras. Gillian Anderson stars as Eleanor Roosevelt, Viola Davis as Michelle Obama, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford. Fagbenle plays Barack Obama, Aaron Eckhart takes on Gerald Ford, and Dakota Fanning plays daughter Susan Ford.
Conservatives Still Using the Fake Obama IRS Scandal to Defund the Tax Police
Among the reasons they cite to defund the tax police is the fabled Obama IRS targeting scandal. In any case, the Obama IRS targeting scandal was never real. In 2013, right-wing political groups began complaining publicly that the IRS was harassing them for using tax-deductible donations for political campaigns, which is illegal. Instead of insisting they had acted legally, the groups charged that the agency was “targeting” conservative groups. The misimpression was confirmed because Republicans in Congress ordered the Treasury Department to audit the IRS’s scrutiny of conservative groups.
White Evangelicals Now Outnumbered by Mainline Protestants in U.S.
The much-despised and derided mainline Protestants (like these California Presbyterians) are making a comeback. The survey measured self-identification among white Christians as “evangelical”/“born-again” Protestant or “other” Protestant, so it is not correlated to institutional membership in this or that denomination. According to PRRI, mainline Protestants now account for 27 percent of white Christians, while Evangelicals make up 23 percent. Another PRRI data point was noted in a write-up by Religion News Service: “White evangelicals are now the oldest religious group, with a median age of 56. And it should be actively frightening to Trump-style Republicans, for whom white Evangelicals are critically important.
We Are Two Nations, Divisible
And the magnitude of these differences dwarfs other divisions in society, along such lines as gender, race and ethnicity, religious observance or education. As Pew noted, partisan polarization (between Democrats and Republicans) is partly attributable to the ideological sorting out of the two parties that began during the civil-rights era. But nostalgia for the good old days ignores the price that many Americans had to pay for this suspension of political hostilities. Is partisan polarization dangerous? Is an absence of partisan polarization dangerous too?
AP Top Stories July 8 P
AP Top Stories July 8 PHere’s the latest for Thursday, July 8: Biden says U.S. will be out of Afghanistan by Aug. 31; More arrests in Haitian president’s assassination; Tropical storm moves up Atlantic coast; No fans during Tokyo Olympics.
Former UN Amb. John Bolton: 'public opinion has turned' against the war in Afghanistan
Bolton said terrorist forces in Afghanistan will not allow the U.S. to win the war. "I do think that public opinion has turned against this war and I blame it squarely on our political leadership for at least the last 12 years," Bolton told Chuck Todd, host of NBC News' "Meet the Press." "When people explain the reason and the reasons are good, the American people will support the disposition of American forces to protect them," he continued. But Bolton indicated Thursday that withdrawal is in Americans' best interest when he told Todd the U.S. cannot win the war. Unfortunately, the disposition of terrorist forces in Afghanistan and many other parts of the world hasn't allowed that to happen," he said.
Prosecutors challenge Chauvin trial judge’s assertion that children who witnessed George Floyd’s death weren’t traumatized
In his letter, Ellison said he had the “utmost respect” for Cahill, pointing to his “tremendous efforts to reduce implicit bias in this trial.” But keeping the opinion as is, he wrote, would risk sending the message that the pain the girls “have endured is not real or does not matter, or worse, that it is a product of their own decisions and not a consequence of (the) defendant’s.”
Opinion : Tom Cotton’s slimy attack on a ‘critical race theory’ professor is full of holes
This is a strange argument. One assumes most people defending the Constitution today do so in the full understanding that it had to be amended a bunch of times to improve on some of its original defects, a capacity for rebirth and renewal that they see as a positive, one that makes it all the more worth defending.
Opinion : Conservatives are gearing up to blame Afghanistan on liberals
And that’s the whole problem. In the United States’ longest war, there was no brilliant plan left unexecuted, no decisive stratagem ignored, no course of action that would have led to victory had we only followed it. Once we decided not just to go after Osama bin Laden but to take over the country and try to secure it for a government built in our own image, our failure was all but inevitable.
Toyota to stop donating to GOP lawmakers who objected to certifying Biden’s win
“Toyota is committed to supporting and promoting actions that further our democracy,” the company said in a statement Thursday. “We understand that the PAC decision to support select Members of Congress who contested the results troubled some stakeholders. We are actively listening to our stakeholders and, at this time, we have decided to stop contributing to those Members of Congress who contested the certification of certain states in the 2020 election.”
Vivek Ramaswamy: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam
On the latest Hemmer Time podcast, Bill sits down with entrepreneur, author, & founder of Roivant Sciences, Vivek Ramaswamy, to discuss his new book Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam. Vivek explains how he believes that the biggest threat to liberty and prosperity in America is corporate social irresponsibility, and how corporations are highlighting social justice as a way of adhering to identity politics to win favors back in return, and gain the love and support from its followers. Follow Bill on Twitter: @BillHemmer
Deroy Murdock: DeSantis is the new Great Right Hope
We leaned into it, and we stood strong," DeSantis told Fox News host Tucker Carlson last month. He has authorized a host of economic, cultural, and law-enforcement initiatives that are buoying Florida and transforming him into the Great Right Hope. DeSantis signed legislation that requires prison for rioters. In June, he urged Florida’s state school board to kill Critical Race Theory (CRT) on government campuses. "We want all students to understand the difference," DeSantis told journalists on June 22.
Opinion | I Once Overlooked HBCUs. Hannah-Jones’ Decision Reminded Me of Their Power.
St. Stephen High School in South Carolina was still segregated when I graduated in 1991 and would remain that way for another decade. It didn’t matter that Martin Luther King Jr., Spike Lee and the like had graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta when my high school football coach took me on a visit there. Ironically, my first choice out of high school was UNC. Because I know they know not of what they speak. It did so by refusing to assent to the idea that the white lens is superior to all others.
How January 6th trutherism puts a target on police
Editor-at-large at the Bulwark Charlie Sykes and former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI Frank Figliuzzi on how Republican demands to know the identity of the officer who shot Ashli Babbit puts police in danger
Letters to the Editor: American history can be sad but children should understand it.
I want them to know that it is not a coincidence that neither of them have ever had an African American teacher. Story continuesAngela Crenshaw, chair of the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission, Frankfort‘Pride is deep’Addressing Meghan McCain’s reaction on “The View” to Gwen Berry’s turning her back on the American flag, I say, there is nothing in my white America that stirs any need to protest. Meghan McCain, do not think that Black America isn’t proud to be American. I am so now so disappointed in his “no” to everything without any distinctions to what is good for America. What bothers me the most is that the people of Kentucky know better yet can’t stop voting for them and stop their incompetence.
New study on Delta variant reveals importance of receiving both vaccine shots, highlights challenges posed by mutations
That echoes another report authored by a collaboration of scientists in the United States and published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The studies on the Delta variant emerge as concerns grow globally about a resurgence of the coronavirus. It looked at two slightly different lineages of the Delta variant. As of June 19, the Delta variant was seen in 72 percent of new cases in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, collectively, the CDC data show. “We need to vaccinate the world NOW with an all-out effort led by the United States,” Andersen said in the e-mail.
‘I could kiss you right now.’ Teacher banned from classroom over alleged misconduct.
“This case is basically the word of the teacher versus the word of the student,” Assistant State Attorney Dennis Nicewander wrote on Nov. 30, 2018. “There is a significant delay in reporting the offense and no evidence to corroborate the allegations. The sexually inappropriate comments by the teacher and his other flirtatious activity tend to support the victim’s version of events, but this evidence is most likely not admissible in court.”
Democrats bet on early Latino outreach to avoid '20 pitfalls
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — On a sweaty recent Thursday afternoon, Alex Berrios is instructing his team on how to get people to register to vote. Extend your hand, he says; it makes folks more likely to stop. Smile a lot, that works, too. Berrios, co-founder of a new nonprofit, Mi Vecino, or “My Neighbor” has a lot riding on developing the right pitch. His group, which works out of a cramped office in the shadow of Disney World, is targeting Latino would-be voters.
[Nir Kaissar] A living wage for all is attainable
A living wage is attainable for everyone who works full-time, but it will require business and government leaders to recognize the problem and work together to fix it. Paying workers a living wage is no less worthy an investment. All businesses should aim to pay a living wage, but for those that can’t afford to, government should supplement workers’ wages through programs like the earned income tax credit. Ultimately, a free market relies on good faith cooperation between public and private sectors, and nowhere is that more urgently needed than ensuring that all full-time workers earn a living wage. For the sake of individuals and families, companies, the economy and the whole country, business and government need to use their power to make sure every worker earns a living wage.
The US resettled more than 1,500 refugees in June, the most since Joe Biden became president
The United States resettled 1,530 refugees in June. President Joe Biden has set a goal of resettling as many as 62,500 refugees by this fall. More refugees were resettled in the United States last month than at any other point in the current fiscal year, a sign President Joe Biden and his administration are rebuilding a program that was decimated by the previous administration. The Biden administration has a stated goal of resettling as many as 62,500 refugees by the end of September. "The Biden administration will need to continue to prioritize re-building the pipeline for refugee resettlement that starts with overseas processing," he added.
US Supreme Court hits a home run for civil rights
On July 1, the Supreme Court ruled in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta the government cannot force nonprofit organizations to disclose the names of their supporters. It is important to note that even though the majority conservative Supreme Court has restricted Americans' voting rights, that same highest court in the nation just ruled in favor of protecting the freedom of Americans to support civil rights organizations and other social justice nonprofits. This subpoena understandably sent shivers down the spines of everyone active in the civil rights movement at the time. ADVERTISEMENTThankfully, the Supreme Court understands that supporting causes is not the same as supporting candidates. The ruling in AFPF will protect not only civil rights but the causes of every underserved and underrepresented segment of the population that are worth fighting for each day.
John Dean Reveals The Massive Legal 'Trap' Trump Accidentally Set For Himself
John Dean, a central figure in the Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon, said Donald Trump just created a huge trap for himself with his latest court filing. The former president on Wednesday sued Twitter, Facebook and Google for banning him from certain websites, claiming they could pay out “trillions” in damages. Former cable TV host and sportscaster Keith Olbermann tweeted a reminder that even a frivolous lawsuit such as this one could lead to a days-long deposition:This is the dumbest thing Trump has ever done. https://t.co/fg46WsEXKV — John W. Dean (@JohnWDean) July 7, 2021Dean, who served as White House counsel under Nixon, was dubbed the “master manipulator” of the Watergate affair by the FBI. However, he ultimately cooperated with prosecutors and played a key role in the investigation that led to Nixon’s resignation.
Opinion : J.D. Vance is scaring America’s elite. Good.
Vance has some qualities that most politicians lack these days: thoughtfulness and an authentic willingness to speak his mind. I’ve known him since before his memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy,” made him famous. He is the same person now as he was then. He is deeply concerned about the state of working-class people of all races in today’s hyper-corporate, globalized America, and he hasn’t surrendered his mind to polls or to the donor class in an effort to fit in. He is what he has always been, warts and all, and he’s offering that to the people of his home state with the belief that they will sooner trust a person like themselves than they will yet another ambitious politician twisting to meet the prevailing political winds.
Rep. Waltz 'fears' for women, interpreters, allies in Afghanistan following US troop withdrawal
Florida Rep. Michael Waltz criticized the Biden administration's decision to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan Friday on ‘The Story’ saying, "It just makes absolutely zero sense to me." Rep. Michael Waltz: On Bagram Air Base, this policy is just asinine. In that one base, we can reach out and affect the battlefield for four out of our five major adversaries. And it just makes absolutely zero sense to me. And we have to send our soldiers back in with no bases, with local allies that have been decimated because they didn't evacuate them.
Withdrawing from Afghanistan makes sense, but Biden's execution is a disaster
That is why, as a combat veteran, President Biden’s disastrous withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan alarms me. Withdrawing our troops from Afghanistan is not wrong – it’s long overdue. Now is the time for the Afghan army to do just that. A picture from the abandoned airbase shows about a dozen armored Humvees the Afghan Army was able to hold onto. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal dismisses our sacrifices: Disabled vet
America needs a Department of Arts and Culture
AdvertisementPresident Biden should seize the chance to change fundamentally the federal government’s role in arts and culture in America, and not in a timid way. America needs a full-fledged Department of Arts and Culture. A budget of $7.5 billion should be established for the new Department of Arts and Culture. AdvertisementCriticism of such a department includes carping that federal involvement in arts and culture is effete and elitist. In truth, a federal Department of Arts and Culture has the enormous, tantalizing potential to democratize and make much more egalitarian the reach and role of arts and culture in American society.
A standoff on the highway, a riddle in our midst
There have been many outrageous cases in the news this past year that are examples of states’ laws being too lenient on gun possession and use. AdvertisementAfter years of grass-roots efforts by residents and organizations in Massachusetts, the Legislature has implemented good and sensible gun laws. While stationed in the military, men and women have a noble and valiant purpose: protecting the United States from terrorism, violent extremists, and other threats. Does Jamhal Latimer, who calls himself Jamhal Talib Abdullah Bey, live in the United States? I don’t think these men were planning a war on the United States.
Opinion: Make sure every dollar for CCA is used to bring justice
Perhaps the most important reform was the creation of the Citizens Complaint Authority, a watchdog group that investigates charges of police misconduct. The CCA examines complaint patterns that provide opportunities for Cincinnati Police and the community to reduce complaints. CCA Executive Director Gabe Davis and investigators can now identify repeat offenders within the police department, repeat citizen complainants and repeat complaint circumstances. Instead of waiting for another wake-up call, let’s get to work clearing the back log and making sure every dollar invested in the CCA is used to bring justice and accountability to our local law enforcement system. Attorney John J. Williams is a Downtown resident and a Charter-endorsed candidate for Cincinnati City Council.
Pakistan opens state-run school for transgender students
MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan opened its first government-run school for transgender students on Thursday in the central city of Multan, a provincial education minister said, promising to set up more such schools in the future. The school, established by the educational department in Punjab province, where Multan is located, opened its doors on the first day of school with 18 students enrolled. He added hopes that the school will help transgender youth get better job opportunities later on in life. More trans students were still expected to enroll in time at the school in Multan, where classes are offered from grade 1-12. In Pakistan, trans people are also often forced into begging, dancing and even prostitution to earn money.
Democrats bet on early Latino outreach to avoid '20 pitfalls
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — On a sweaty recent Thursday afternoon, Alex Berrios is instructing his team on how to get people to register to vote. Smile a lot, that works, too. Berrios, co-founder of a new nonprofit, Mi Vecino, or “My Neighbor” has a lot riding on developing the right pitch. His group, which works out of a cramped office in the shadow of Disney World, is targeting Latino would-be voters. The stakes are high, particularly for Democrats who are counting on Latino votes as a vital part of a winning coalition for cycles to come.
U.S. senator and Muslim federal judge failed with question and answer about sharia law
The first Muslim to become an Article III federal district judge assumed his new role in New Jersey after having been a federal magistrate judge in the same court. Both Durbin and Quraishi failed to avail a perfect opportunity to demolish the lies America’s bigots have been spewing about Islam and Muslims. It is surprising that Durbin, whose state has a robust Muslim population, is so unaware of sharia that he cannot even ask a proper question about it. He should have confronted the 800-pould gorilla in the room and said something like this: No American judge, Muslim or non-Muslim, would inject religion into his/her judicial work. Coming from a Muslim judge, that statement would have constituted a powerful blow to America’s anti-Muslim bigots.
Is going 'back to normal' even possible?
Even if you’re vaccinated, it might feel near impossible to revert back to ‘normal’, as though nothing ever happened. Experts say that for confronting anxiety in general, some people opt for a more gradual approach, and that the post-pandemic age will be no different. And even though some permanent social effects of Covid-19 are unclear, many people will get to that feeling of ‘normal’ – eventually. The scars are realFear and trepidation around returning to normal in the Covid-19 era is called ‘post-pandemic anxiety’ or ‘re-entry anxiety’. “We’re not going to forget that experience we went through, but we can control our behaviours going forward,”despite the hardships we’ve collectively endured.
This F-150 totalled by an impaired driver is now a public display in Calgary
MADD will display the vehicle in the city before and during the StampedeThere are few more sobering reminders of the risks of impaired driving than seeing the carnage left behind at the scene of an accident. Long after the first responders have attended to anyone injured (or worse), the twisted metal tells a devastating tale. Article contentCalgary residents will be passing by one such reminder — a red Ford F-150 that was crumpled in an incident involving a drunk driver and donated by the family of an individual killed in the accident — as part of a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) awareness campaign. Try refreshing your browser, or This F-150 totalled by an impaired driver is now a public display in Calgary Back to videoThe sombre piece will be planted at a number of locations throughout the city, beginning a few days before the Calgary Stampede, the annual cowboy event that draws thousands of partiers to the city each year. “We hope that people see the crashed car and make the decision to find an [alternative] way home besides drinking and driving,” Rick Lundy, president of the Calgary MADD told a crowd, including CBC reporters, earlier this week.
More than 25 pounds of pot and $15K in cash seized by RCMP in Rankin Inlet
More than 25 pounds of pot and $15K in cash seized by RCMP in Rankin InletAn ATV was also seized in the search. RCMP in Nunavut have seized 25.7 pounds (11.6 kilograms) of cannabis, $15,600 and an ATV after executing a search warrant in Rankin Inlet. Try refreshing your browser, or More than 25 pounds of pot and $15K in cash seized by RCMP in Rankin Inlet Back to videoIn a press release, the RCMP noted that two individuals have been arrested and charged in relation to the search. Larissa Misheralak has been charged with possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling; unlawfully import cannabis into Nunavut, and possession of property obtained by crime over $5000. Last May, the territorial government announced that cannabis retail stores would finally be coming to the territory.
The Fight to Transform Peru Has Only Just Begun
Pedro vs. Keiko The two candidates represented drastically different alternatives for Peru — socially and culturally as well as ideologically. This “deep Peru” also has a profoundly indigenous character (especially Cusco) and strongly rejected rule by the Lima-based oligarchy. Keiko Fujimori countered this with a blend of red-baiting, fearmongering, pork-barrel populism, and huge advertising spending in all private media. Protests in support of Fujimori’s legal campaign came from Álvaro Uribe and Andrés Pastrana of Colombia, José María Aznar of Spain, Mauricio Macri of Argentina, and Felipe Calderón of Mexico. The most notable such case was Mario Vargas Llosa, the most prominent liberal critic of left-wing governments across Latin America and the enemy-turned-friend of Keiko Fujimori.
Despite Risks to Climate, U.S. Backs Oil Boom in Guyana
“Guyana is on track to become the second or third largest oil producer in the Western Hemisphere over the next twenty to forty years.”Since 2015, ExxonMobil has made several major oil discoveries off the coast of Guyana. Once ExxonMobil began oil production in December 2019, it sparked major economic growth in Guyana. “Despite a crash in global oil prices and economic headwinds brought on by COVID-19, Guyana’s nascent oil production made it the fastest growing economy in the world,” Lynch noted last May. Even as Guyana faces threats from climate change, U.S. officials remain focused on transforming the country into a major oil exporter. They believe the United States should take into account the ways global warming will affect low-lying Caribbean countries such as Guyana.
Fears of U.S. intervention in Haiti escalate after dictator’s assassination
Soldiers patrol in Pétion-Ville, the neighborhood where the late Haitian President Jovenel Moïse lived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 7, 2021. | Joseph Odelyn / APIn the pre-dawn hours of July 7, the president-turned-dictator of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, was gunned down in his home by assassins. Many Haiti observers warn the stage may be set for the U.S. to resume its long history of intervening in the country’s internal affairs. Pledging to combat the corruption endemic to Haitian politics, Moïse eventually became a symbol of it himself. New U.S. intervention possibleWashington’s initial reaction to Moïse’s murder indicates that more aggressive intervention could be under consideration.
Here’s Your Horoscope For Today: July 8, 2021
Read below to see what the stars mean for your zodiac sign today, and make sure to check out your July 2021 monthly horoscope. Margaret Flatley/BustleYou could be feeling like an outcast today or feeling like you don’t quite know where you belong. Margaret Flatley/BustleDon’t waste your time focusing on how you compare to others. Don’t waste your time holding onto connections that have hit their expiration date. Margaret Flatley/BustleDon’t let others disrupt your peace today.
Withdrawing from Afghanistan makes sense, but Biden's execution is a disaster
That is why, as a combat veteran, President Biden’s disastrous withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan alarms me. Withdrawing our troops from Afghanistan is not wrong – it’s long overdue. Now is the time for the Afghan army to do just that. War on Terror:Here's how we can save Afghanistan from ruin even as we withdraw American troopsAs the sun rose, the Afghan army became aware of what was going on. A picture from the abandoned airbase shows about a dozen armored Humvees the Afghan Army was able to hold onto.
Leadership During Crisis: Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan
As a civic leader and advocate, she chaired a statewide task force on consumer privacy, which led to innovative protections for identity theft. She served a three-year term on the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors and for over twenty years served on the Merit Selection Committee for the United States District Court, helping select the candidates for appointment to seven vacancies in the federal judiciary. She was a founding board member of the Center for Women and Democracy and trained women running for office in Morocco. She was the first citizen observer on Seattle Police Department's Firearms Review Board and served on two blue-ribbon committees pushing for reforms at SPD. She helped establish drug and mental health courts in King County and create a specialized federal program to provide treatment alternatives to incarceration.
Harris announces $25 million expansion of voting campaign
The announcement comes a week after the Supreme Court upheld restrictive voting laws in Arizona, and after 17 states have enacted dozens of new laws this year that restrict voting access, according to the most recent tally. Nearly 400 restrictive bills across 48 states have also been introduced. The investment is a way to “fight back” against those restrictive laws, Harris said on Thursday. The event opened with remarks from Jaime Harrison, chair of the DNC, who criticized last week’s Supreme Court ruling. It teaches you to be persistent, regardless of the inevitable obstacles that will come in your way.
U.S. citizen detained in assassination of Haiti’s president
An already struggling and chaotic Haiti stumbled into an uncertain future Thursday after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, followed by a gunfight in which police killed seven suspects, detained six others, including a U.S. citizen, and freed three officers being held hostage. Mathias Pierre, Haiti’s elections minister, told the Associated Press that one of the suspects in custody was James Solages, a Haitian American. “The pursuit of the mercenaries continues,” Léon Charles, director of Haiti’s National Police, said Wednesday night in announcing the arrest of suspects. According to Haiti’s Constitution, Moise should be replaced by the president of Haiti’s Supreme Court, but the chief justice died in recent days from COVID-19, leaving open the question of who might rightfully succeed to the office. Joseph, meanwhile, was supposed to be replaced by Ariel Henry, a neurosurgeon who had been named prime minister by Moise a day before the assassination.
Toyota says it will stop donating to politicians who opposed election certification
Toyota’s corporate PAC will no longer make political contributions to politicians who “contested certification of certain states in the 2020 election,” the company said in a statement Thursday. A number of large companies pledged to re-evaluate their political donations in the aftermath of the vote, Toyota included. Our company has long-standing relationships with Members of Congress across the political spectrum, especially those representing our U.S. operations. In fact, in 2021, the vast majority of the contributions went to Democrats and Republicans who supported the certification of the 2020 election. We understand that the PAC decision to support select Members of Congress who contested the results troubled some stakeholders.
Wisconsin expected to receive more than $65 million in proposed resolution of Purdue Pharma case
The State of Wisconsin is expected to receive more than $65 million in a $4.3 billion, nine-year settlement with opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma, the Wisconsin Department of Justice announced Thursday. "It’s critical that we hold those responsible for the opioid epidemic accountable," Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said in a statement Thursday. "No lawsuit can undo the destruction the opioid epidemic has caused. Fifteen states, including Wisconsin, reached an agreement with Purdue Pharma, the maker of powerful prescription opioid OxyContin in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, N.Y. Between 2000 and 2019, Wisconsin saw 9,260 opioid deaths, according to the state Department of Health Services.
Michigan Sen. Ed McBroom cuts through the ‘kayfabe’ being sold to Trump Chumps
I am moved to these impolite observations by a terrific profile in The Atlantic of previously obscure Michigan state Sen. Ed McBroom, a conservative Republican dairy farmer from the state’s remote Upper Peninsula. As head of the senate’s Oversight Committee, McBroom led an exhaustive, eight-month investigation of alleged fraud in Michigan’s presidential election. Available online, despite its deadpan style, the McBroom report often makes for funny reading. Is it even necessary to say that the Great Pretender has made Ed McBroom into MAGA Enemy No. 1, denouncing him as a sellout, giving out his phone number at rallies and urging Trump Chumps to ruin him politically?
What we lost when we won the Cold War
The story, recounted in Ted Johnson’s exploration of race and history, “When the Stars Begin to Fall,” illustrates something that’s worth pondering: How much did Cold War competition spur us toward fulfilling our national ideals? The Cold War was the reason that Americans could be embarrassed by what had been routine for centuries. The Cold War shaped our sense of national identity and purpose. Today, we still have enemies, but we no longer have the morally organizing idea of liberty versus tyranny that shaped our self-concept during the Cold War. And even though in most respects we won the Cold War, that is a real loss.
We keep track of shootings like a box score
When we report that 108 people were shot in Chicago over the July 4 weekend and that 17 died, those numbers are offered as clear, understandable figures. The hospital hours, funeral home visits, cemetery services, the endless days of grief, the entire supernova of tragedy expanding from those digits? Alice Yin wrote a heartbreaking story in the Tribune Thursday about the family of Natalia Wallace a 7-year-old girl shot and killed on July 4, 2020. And so their misdeeds, though far fewer, carry greater significance than those of the criminals they are supposed to thwart. I’m not sure what thinking about it, or, talking about it, or writing about it, is supposed to accomplish.
President Biden says US war in Afghanistan will end August 31
“How many more, how many more thousands of American daughters and sons are you willing to risk?” Biden said to those calling for the U.S. to extend the military operation. He added, “I will not send another generation of Americans to war in Afghanistan, with no reasonable expectation of achieving a different outcome.”
U.S. senator and Muslim federal judge failed with question and answer about sharia law
The first Muslim to become an Article III federal district judge assumed his new role in New Jersey after having been a federal magistrate judge in the same court. Both Durbin and Quraishi failed to avail a perfect opportunity to demolish the lies America’s bigots have been spewing about Islam and Muslims. It is surprising that Durbin, whose state has a robust Muslim population, is so unaware of sharia that he cannot even ask a proper question about it. He should have confronted the 800-pould gorilla in the room and said something like this: No American judge, Muslim or non-Muslim, would inject religion into his/her judicial work. Coming from a Muslim judge, that statement would have constituted a powerful blow to America’s anti-Muslim bigots.
Texas borderlands too often a photo op for politicians pushing stereotypes
In this instance, it was evidence of historical neglect for Texas border communities. In 2016, McAllen, in south Texas, was selected by an amateur sports federation as a two-year venue for a statewide competition that typically attracts thousands of young athletes . But before the Games of Texas, as it’s called, began that year, south Texas got word that parents in different parts of the state were concerned about border violence. Word got around that some parents were even talking about organizing spinoff games in north Texas to avoid having to expose their families to the treachery of the south Texas borderlands. “We can’t do that until we stop these immigrants from crossing,” one senator told the local official.
US considers visas for vulnerable Afghan women after military exit
Rights groups have been asking the State Department and White House to add up to 2,000 visas specifically for vulnerable women and women’s advocates to a developing policy plan to evacuate thousands Afghans after the US military pullout this month. “Lives are at risk,” said Teresa Casale, advocacy director for Mina’s List, which advocates for women’s representation in governments around the world. The White House declined to comment on the push to secure more visas for Afghan women’s rights advocates. President Joe Biden will speak Thursday afternoon about the US military’s withdrawal and is expected to mention women’s rights. Women police officers, media workers, judges and medical workers have been assassinated in Afghanistan as foreign military left the country.
The Daily 202: Biden finds limits to America’s deterrent powers
An Ohio school forcefully rejected claims that it teaches critical race theory. “Cue Columbus Academy, a prestigious non-religious private school on a huge campus just outside Columbus, Ohio. Tuition for pre-K ranges between $13,000 and $21,000 a year. For high schoolers, the tuition is over $30,000. Gross and Gonzalez reportedly spent months launching an organization, dubbed the Pro CA Coalition, to pressure the school into reforming.
U.S. chose not to prosecute 82% of hate-crime suspects from 2005-2019
Rebecka Jackson, 35, holds her dog Sinba and a sign during a rally against anti-Asian hate crimes outside City Hall in Los Angeles, California, U.S. March 27, 2021. One percent of hate crime suspects had their cases resolved by a magistrate judge. The report did not provide an overall rate for the total number of suspects of federal crimes the department declined to prosecute during the study period. Attorneys have pursued federal hate crime charges, they have been largely successful. Conviction rates for hate crimes rose, from 83% during 2005-2009, to 94% during 2015-2019.
Opinion: A new bill would raise Social Security COLAs
Two quick updates on the biggest retirement issue facing most of us, namely Social Security. And it’s supported by various pressure groups that support seniors, such as the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. Currently Social Security checks are increased every year in line with an official measure of inflation designed around working age Americans. In the past 20 years, for example, Social Security beneficiaries have received an annual COLA averaging 2.1% a year. If Social Security had been using the CPI-E, the annual increases would have averaged…2.2% a year.
CDC: 99.5% of COVID-19 deaths are from unvaccinated individuals
Although we expected the Delta variant to become the dominant strain in the United States, this rapid rise is troubling. We also know that our authorized vaccines prevent severe disease, hospitalization, and death from the Delta variant. And result-- these results have been observed not just here in the United States but in other countries as well. Indeed, as I stated last week, preliminary data from several states over the last few months suggest that 99.5% of deaths from COVID-19 in the United States were in unvaccinated people. Vaccinating-- vaccination is our leading public health strategy to stop the Delta variant and bring case rates down in these counties.
Conservatives are leaving America wide open to the Delta variant
The reason is the Delta variant, which is much more contagious and possibly more deadly and now makes up the overwhelming majority of U.K. infections. So far, no U.S. state has seen that kind of explosion in cases. But the Delta variant has been detected across the country, and many conservative states are far behind the U.K. in getting vaccinated. But that is not remotely true in any conservative state. Thousands and thousands of Americans are going to die of an easily preventable illness in the second half of this year, and the bulk of them are going to be conservative vaccine refuseniks who got tricked by idiots and charlatans.
Libel laws, the Supreme Court, and Donald Trump’s not-so funny campaign pledge
Things don’t seem so funny now, after last week’s call by two US Supreme Court justices for the court to revisit a bedrock libel law ruling that has protected the free press for more than half a century. That decision and its progeny created an “actual malice” standard for libel suits brought by public officials and other well-known public figures or those who insert themselves in public controversies. “Now, private citizens can become ‘public figures’ on social media overnight,” Gorsuch laments. But in a libel case, Sullivan allows the impact of that fame can be limited based on its duration and reach. The Supreme Court shouldn’t make it worse.
State high court says judges can be paid when facing felony charges, but the rules are different for court employees
Moore argued that she should be paid and invoked a 2019 SJC decision that restored salary to Newton District Court Judge Shelley Joseph, who is also facing federal felony charges. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday that judges can continue to be paid when charged with a felony, but clerk magistrates, court officers, and clerical workers who face felony charges are “not situated similarly” and must be suspended without pay. Moreover, Budd wrote, judges and clerk magistrates have different roles. AdvertisementAccording to court records, Moore was indicted on federal drug charges in 2019 along with two relatives. “The Trial Court has a substantial interest in maintaining public confidence in the judiciary, which is eroded when employees of the Trial Court are themselves indicted on felony charges, whether for conduct in or out of office.”AdvertisementJohn R. Ellement can be reached at john.ellement@globe.com.
Gov. Doug Ducey appoints Kathryn Hackett King to Arizona Supreme Court
Doug Ducey appointed Kathryn Hackett King, a member of the Arizona Board of Regents and his former aide, to the Arizona Supreme Court, making her the fifth female justice in state history. King is currently a partner at BurnsBarton PLC, a law firm specializing in labor and employment law, and primarily represents public and private employers in employment litigation and related civil matters. “Kate’s strong belief in the separation of powers and experience serving in all three branches of government will serve the people of Arizona well,” Ducey said in a released statement. It is also Ducey's record breaking sixth Supreme Court appointment after expanding the bench from five to seven justices in 2016. When signing the expansion bill into law, Ducey specifically cited adding “more voices” to the court as a reason to move forward with the legislation.
Opinion: Sen. Ron Johnson says 'Mainstream media have abused the trust vested in them by the public'
It amazes me that the liberal mainstream media have declared me a polarizing figure. Often times, it is truth the liberal mainstream media do not want to hear. RELATED:Senator Ron Johnson calls editorial about him 'unhinged and uninformed.' The mainstream media would not allow it. Ron Johnson, a Republican, is a U.S. senator from Wisconsin.
Too little has been done to free my brother from the Taliban — and I hope it’s not too late
My brother has been a hostage of the Taliban’s Haqqani network since Jan. 31, 2020 — but you may never have heard his name. Mark Frerichs, who is from the Chicago suburb of Lombard, has been a civil engineer living in Afghanistan for the past decade. We haven’t even heard from Khalilzad, who remains the point man in negotiations with the Taliban since Biden took office. He was grabbed because he’s a U.S. citizen and the Taliban wanted something to trade. And we dearly hope the diplomatic efforts we’re hearing about now, finally, will not be too little and too late.
Chicago inspector general questions bias in police hiring: 37% of applicants Black, 18% hired
White applicants to the Chicago Police Department are far more likely to get hired than African Americans, raising questions about whether its employment process is equitable, City Hall’s inspector general said in a report Thursday. The report acknowledged the balancing act in police hiring: ensuring applicants are qualified while reflecting the racial diversity of the city. The inspector general pointed to a study suggesting a greater number of minority cops could increase public trust of the police department. About 5,760 are white, 3,512 Hispanic, 2,481 Black, 409 Asian, 29 Native American and 25 of mixed races, according to the inspector general. He found that more than half of the department’s Black officers are 45 or older — at a time when retirements have accelerated.
Other voices: China and India join campaign for a very good idea, a global minimum tax
Donald Trump’s global economic strategy was to rail against other nations for ripping us off while doing little to level the playing field. Indeed, the trade wars he started harmed American consumers and cost taxpayers billions in subsidies paid to U.S. farmers. His and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s so-far successful campaign to implement a global minimum 15% corporate tax is an early sign that there’s a far better way than Trumpian fits of pique. We’ve been living with the problem for years: American corporations, which paid roughly one-third of federal revenues in the middle of last century, now pay just one-tenth of federal revenues. Meantime, corporations and wealthy individuals are estimated to cheat governments of $427 billion in taxes a year.
Michigan court extends compensation to wrongly convicted man
Ed WhiteAssociated PressDetroit – A man wrongly convicted of murder who received $1 million after serving roughly 25 years in prison is entitled to more money, the Michigan Supreme Court said Thursday. The Supreme Court, in a 4-3 opinion, agreed that he’s eligible for additional compensation. Michigan law grants $50,000 for each year served in prison because of a wrongful conviction. In a dissent, Justice Brian Zahra said he doesn’t interpret the compensation law in the same way as the majority. The Legislature “did not intend to provide compensation for every wrong that resulted from the wrongful imprisonment,” said Zahra, who was joined by justices Elizabeth Clement and David Viviano.
VIDEO: Harry F. Byrd Sr. statue comes down in Capitol Square
Even if we wanted to, we could not forget the arch-segregationist whose machine dominated Virginia politics for much of the 20th century. Byrd's spirit, nearly six decades after Massive Resistance, lives on beyond a public education system that remains largely separate and unequal.
Return of the Taliban: What next for Afghanistan?
The Taliban continue to gain ground ahead of the final withdrawal of US-led forces from Afghanistan, so much so that former military commanders predict the fall of Kabul within months. We ask about the latest fighting, the Afghan security forces who have fled across the border into Tajikistan and how an eventual return of the Taliban to the place they were before 2001 will change the lives of ordinary citizens. Will Turkey ensure as promised the security of Kabul airport? And what about neighbors closer to home Pakistan, India, Iran and also China? Produced by Charles Wente, Juliette Laurain, Léopoldine Iribarren and Jack Colmer Gale.
Deadly Pacific Northwest Heatwave: ‘Virtually Impossible’ Without Man-Made Warming
The first scientific judgments on the deadly, record-shattering heat wave that blasted the Pacific Northwest at the end of June are starting to roll in. Global warming is not uniform, is more extreme at northern latitudes, and amplifies the extremes of heat events. In that climate, a the Pacific Northwest could expect a return of June’s unfathomable heat “roughly every 5 to 10 years.”We underestimate just how big a difference global warming can make to the likelihoods of extremes. This study is a collaboration of climate scientists from the United States, Canada, and numerous countries across Europe. The days of extreme heat in the Pacific Northwest, where many residents lack air conditioning, were deadly.
The Espionage Act & Julian Assange — 3: Passing the Espionage Act
Part three of a six-part series on Julian Assange and the Espionage Act. He sent Congress a version of the Espionage Act that explicitly called for it. Though it was called an act, it never stood alone as one, but became part of the Espionage Act. In 1919, the Supreme Court heard several important free speech cases — including Debs v. United States and Abrams v. United States — involving the constitutionality of the law. The Sedition Act was repealed by Congress in March 1921 and Debs’ sentence was commuted by President Warren Harding.
Unwilling to wait until 2024, 'Speaker Trump' is now a thing Republicans want
And so, a new conservative scheme is born: the drive to make Trump the next speaker. We already know how those go—they goose the liberal base vote without any corresponding Republican vote unless Trump is on the ballot. And without Trump being literally on the ballot, the chances of Republicans turning out the hidden deplorables are dramatically lowered. Right now, this “Speaker Trump” discussion is floating on the edges of the political debate. “Will you vote for Trump for Speaker” could be yet another item on the conservative litmus test, to go with “who really won the 2020 election.”
Robert Kennedy Jr. wants to dox a Daily Kos diarist and we're fighting back: An update
And at least as of today, New York law simply refuses to see it. To be clear: there is zero chance Kennedy would win a traditional defamation case against the diarist. The great folks at Public Citizen have joined the fight on behalf of the diarist, providing pro-bono representation and asking California courts to quash the subpoena. Meanwhile, depending on how the California actions play out, we may file further appeals in New York courts. It would be nice to leave behind some controlling case law in the state protecting anonymous speech.
Jared and Ivanka are so separated from Donald Trump now, they don't even know who that guy is
It’s not like they lived in Florida when Trump was in Florida, and are heading to New Jersey now that Trump is in Jersey. We then learn that Trump is wondering whether Kushner was all that effective being the guy in charge of everything at the White House. Speaking of Trump, CNN informs us that the loser former president is casting about for new people to run his rickshaw operation, as incompetent and chaotic as everything else he touches (remember his blog?). CNN’s crack investigative team reports that “[Ivanka Trump] is focused on her children, and spending time with them, period." Is anyone going to really pretend that they’d be right back at daddy’s side if he ever, god forbid, retook the White House?
He's not even hiding it! Trump wants Speaker's job if Republicans win in 2022
All this points to the conservative inability to quit Trump. But there’s another factor at play: We know that Trump can’t get his people to vote in elections when he’s not on the ballot. Without him on the ballot, even Trump’s begging and pleading won’t turn out his people. What if the conservative message is, “We get Trump back, AS SPEAKER, if you vote!” Would that turn out his hidden deplorables? Now he’s sitting there looking like a chump as Trump tells him—repeatedly—that he wants his job.
Nonfiction Views: Happy Birthday, Dalai Lama!
This evening, for my Nonfiction Views, I’m taking a quick overview of a number of books on Tibet and the Dalai Lama. Author Alexander Norman has a long relationship with the Dalai Lama, having been a co-author of several of his books, including his autobiography Freedom in Exile. He pulls the same trick in his new bio of the Dalai Lama (bear with me here):“It is tempting to begin our story with the first Saturday in July, 1935, when, by the Gregorian calendar, the present Dalai Lama was born….In a way, it would be more accurate to begin with the evening of the seventeenth of December 1933 [as] the death of the previous Dalai Lama is what precipitates the birth of the next….Yet there is also a case for beginning with the birth of the First Dalai Lama, since, after all, each incarnation is considered to share the same mental continuum. Thomas Laird’s The Story of Tibet: Conversations With the Dalai Lama, is an interesting take on all of Tibetan history, as it was created through 60 hours of conversation with the Dalai Lama. This story provides a good preview of what will unfold when the current Dalai Lama dies.
The U.S. owes vulnerable Afghans more than a hasty exit
In addition to SIV applicants, 2.6 million Afghans are currently registered refugees, with 85% of them residing in Iran and Pakistan. This is paltry compared to the displacement that four decades of U.S. policies have caused and will continue to cause. This was a curious statement, given that U.S. involvement in Afghanistan has spanned the entire length of Biden’s political career. In 1979, when the U.S. first involved ourselves in Afghanistan, Biden was serving as a senator on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. The Soviet Army retreated from Afghanistan by 1989, and the Soviet Union collapsed not long after.
Proposed ‘Abolition Amendment’ would close a major 13th Amendment loophole
The average incarcerated worker earns 86 cents per hour, and in five states—Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas—laborers inside earn nothing. Jorge Renaud, the national criminal justice director for LatinoJustice PRLDF, was incarcerated in Texas for 27 years. They had some 47 people in there [working on computers] and there were two Black individuals and like three Latinos. “This fight is deeply important to the soul of our nation,” said Kamau Allen, lead organizer with the Abolish Slavery National Network. Prism is a BIPOC-led non-profit news outlet that centers the people, places, and issues currently underreported by national media.
College-in-prison programs have many benefits, but barriers to access abound
Under the ban, the number of prison education programs plummeted from 772 in the early 1990s to just eight by 1997. In 2015, an initiative launched by the Obama administration helped offer some relief for a handful of incarcerated students. A particularly unique challenge that speaks to the uneven landscape of prison education opportunities is the frequency of facility transfers. “I think there is less [pushback] when you’re dealing with need-based financial aid, because it’s an equal playing field for people inside prisons and outside prisons,” Delaney said. However, these critiques fail to acknowledge the noted success of prison education programs and the role they play in rehabilitating people’s lives.
Supreme Court's conservatives deal historic blow to the Voting Rights Act's last remaining pillar
Arizona had largely transitioned to mail voting even before the pandemic, but the 9th Circuit observed that only 18% of Native American voters receive mail service, and many living on remote reservations lack reliable transportation options. The GOP's law had limited who could handle another person's mail ballot to just close relatives, caregivers, or postal service workers. The appeals court decision relied on Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits laws that have a discriminatory effect against racial minorities regardless of whether there was an intent to discriminate. Another critical part of the VRA was further weakened in 2018 in another Supreme Court case, Abbott v. Perez, which made proving intentional discrimination considerably harder except in truly egregious instances. While the court did not formally strike down what remained of the Voting Rights Act by ruling Section 2 itself unconstitutional, its decision came close to rendering the VRA inert for vote-denial cases.
Crazed White-wing Mom claims CRT will make "Antifa Kids" attack her children
This past Spring, I decided to withdraw my children from the local public school and transfer them to a private school for the Fall. Five weeks later I posted that letter to the group FB page of the school’s parents and expected to generate a serious and thoughtful discussion. White kids are being taught that they aren't perfect? White kids are being told that their ancestors made mistakes? Do you want more white privilege or do you want actual equality?
Senate GOP candidates' election conspiracypalooza dims Republican takeover hopes
Indeed, it doesn't matter whether Republicans are playing offense or defense, whether there's an open seat or a GOP incumbent, Trump’s 2020 election conspiracies are dominating campaigns and defining Republican candidates in the process. Walker has avidly backed Trump's 2020 conspiracies but he isn't exactly known for his political prowess—and that has Peach State Republicans worried. But Ducey’s dreams were dashed by his inability to illegally overturn the 2020 election results in Trump's favor. In Nevada, former Attorney General Adam Laxalt has gone above and beyond to associate himself with Trump’s election fraud lies from the get-go. Democrats on offenseIn North Carolina, Trump upended the GOP field by endorsing Republican Rep. Ted Budd, who voted against certification of the 2020 election results.
CAN WE BRIDGE THE GREAT TRUTH DIVIDE?
“We have come to live in a society based on insults, on lies and on things that just aren’t true. I long ago gave up searching for common ground with anyone on the other side of this political divide. I get my facts from science, literature, mainstream news, and general living experiences that teach me to use human reasoning powers. We can invite those from across the divide to join us, but past behavior says they probably will not. The job is ours, and if we do it right, maybe the truth will out.
No Climate No Deal. NOAA 412.5 CO2 PPM !
We must address climate change in any infrastructure bill that is passed. We may not have another opportunity to pass legislation that addresses climate change in the near future. Climate change doesn’t mean that there isn’t cold weather or snow in any locations. Carbon dioxide and methane surged in 2020; carbon dioxide rose to 412.5 parts per million despite the economic recession which likely reduced carbon dioxide emissions by seven percent. The global surface average for carbon dioxide (CO 2 ), calculated from measurements collected at NOAA’s remote sampling locations, was 412.5 parts per million (ppm) in 2020, rising by 2.6 ppm during the year.
Schumer sets another deadline on infrastructure, which could expose Republicans' intentions
The $579 billion in new spending reflects a loss of about one-third of what Biden proposed in hard infrastructure, including water systems and broadband. That's not to say Democrats writing the bill can't do it themselves. The BIF reduced broadband spending from $100 billion to $65 billion. Chances are pretty good that the BIF Democrats will be betrayed by Republicans and might feel burned enough to support a big, bold reconciliation package. Sanders wants $6 trillion for the reconciliation bill, while the BIF Democrats are aiming for something more like $2 trillion.
Let’s Not Parse Words: Tucker Carlson is a Racist, Plain and Simple
Time and time again, we Democrats continue to allow the fact-free, rightwing disinformation machine to brand us. Despite my efforts to remove the scales from their eyes, the stigma around socialism remains. If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve heard the latest whining from the White Right. But Rufo has stated that he “doesn’t give a shit” about what is or isn’t Critical Race Theory. Whatever label Carlson and Rufo put on it, if someone chooses to blame an oppressed race for their own oppression, they are practicing racism right out loud.
What We Want for the Next Generation
I also want them to be able to get meaningful work that pays a decent salary and offers healthcare and other benefits. One proposal that gives me hope for all our kids’ futures is the Civilian Climate Corps (CCC). The program is inspired by the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps , but updated for the era of climate crisis. An ambitious Civilian Climate Corps could help us meet our climate goals and keep our communities safe from extreme weather. A new generation of CCC parks employees could increase access to the outdoors for all, ensuring those who come after them enjoy a direct connection to nature on a thriving planet.
Marjorie Taylor Greene's Mini-Me joins her in shockingly offensive attention-seeking
“The people of my district are more than smart enough to make their own decisions about the experimental vaccine and don’t need coercion by federal agents. Polling and research has found that many people aren’t necessarily opposed to being vaccinated, but they do want more information or need convenience and reassurance that it won’t cost them anything. Let me be clear: the House Republican Conference condemns this language.”Your move, Kevin. (Ha ha ha, yeah, right.) You just can’t.” Trump praising Hitler plus Trump’s most diehard followers constantly talking about Nazis is … a disturbing fixation to have surfacing in the Republican Party.
Kagro in the Morning podcast (AUDIO): Thursday, July 8, 2021
Since Donald Trump said he’d deliver the miracle cure, almost as many Americans have died of COVID as were lost in all four years of World War II, both from combat and all other causes. Once the virus is finished in their holler, it might not emerge as the same virus, but something worse. A school board meeting turned into an anti-mask riot, but why would you expect school board meeting attendees to be concerned about education? Governance is the last thing Trump voters are looking for. Donald Trump’s present legal representatives are pretty stupid also, and you know, Donald isn’t that much of a genius himself.
Time For Grassroots To Rout the Tottering Totalitarian Regime In Arizona and Turn the State Blue
The decaying extremist regime in Arizona is ripe for a grassroots push that will topple the authoritarian would-be dictators and leave the state a solid blue. Doug Ducey is an example of an Arizona politician who is rapidly sinking into quicksand with a 35% approval rating. Help stop voter suppression laws in Arizona (everyaction.com)A first step is the grassroots effort to beat back their clumsy attempts to suppress voters. Naturally, the extremists -- including at least two announced candidates for Secretary of State -- desperately want to screw up voting. If she sees progressives sweep Arizona in 2022, you can bet she will be moving left.
Thursday Good News Roundup: R Bogosity vs. D Cluosity—Oh, Yeah, Have We Got This!
There are many single-issue Republican voters who don’t care about the other issues or the factions that are concerned with them. Political positions of the Democratic PartyNote that most Democrats are in favor of action on all of these issues, supporting each other. There are, of course, clear differences on certain points between the Democrats called Progressive and those called Moderate or Centrist. Many old issues have largely fallen away, or are in that process, like opposition to marijuana or marriage equality. More and more it is impossible to avoid meeting us and seeing us in the media and more generally online.
Thursday Pundit Round-up: Humanities
This Steady newsletter is barely 6 months old, and already we have written about disenfranchisement and the injustices it embodies many times. And the Supreme Court, bolstered in its majority by the destructive obstructionism of McConnell, is eager to play along. That’s not to say the needs weren’t significant, or that every state has since seen the same surge in revenue. Many Haitians repeatedly denounced the United States’ support of Mr. Moïse but said they had little power to stop it. Today, only a few things are still consistently described as exotic including: animals; places (see: exotic vacations); cars; women; and, of course, food.
Tennessee Republicans deem Ruby Bridges' story critical race theory in effort to ban it in schools
Mind you, critical race theory is a framework for interpreting law that maintains racism's reach has had particularly harmful effects on the legal system and laws that govern our society. The “Wit & Wisdom” content in question doesn’t address the theory. Watch at the 13-minute mark for Fox host Pete Hegseth's misguided take on critical race theory:Tennessee Gov. About 40 protesters opposing the “Wit & Wisdom” curriculum stopped Schwinn on a summer learning bus tour stopping in Sumner County. It tells the family story of civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez, the daughter of Mexican and Puerto Rican immigrants.
Arizona secretary of state puts GOP attorney general in hot seat over Trump's election interference
But Hobbs' formal ask of Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich is also an ingenious bit of political jujitsu. Brnovich has announced his candidacy for Senate, hoping to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, and he has been laboring to endear himself to Trump as a loyal soldier to his cause. Hobbs emailed the request to Brnovich Wednesday and his office declined to comment at the time. Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona lodged a similar request with U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to launch an inquiry into the "pressure campaign" mounted by Trump and his allies. Their efforts "reflect a disturbing trend following the 2020 election of Trump advisors and allies, and even former President Trump himself, committing potential crimes to overturn the election," Gallego wrote.
Carlos Lazo: The Cuban American Leading the Charge to Transform U.S.-Cuba Policy
He is neither for or against the Cuban government; he is for the Cuban people, the Cuban families. Lazo portrays Cuba and the U.S. as his parentsCuba is his mother, the U.S. his father. Lazo spent a few years in Miami working in restaurants, delivering pizzas and driving trucks, but moved to Seattle in 1998 to seek more economic opportunities. When Obama became president and started normalizing relations with Cuba, Lazo thought his political work was over. Trump tried to please right-wing Cubans in Miami by reversing Obama's openings and adding 242 additional coercive measures designed to torpedo the Cuban economy.
Fix qualified immunity travesty that lets police off the hook after violating civil rights
A federal appeals panel threw out Corbitt’s case, with a majority granting the deputy “qualified immunity.” Why? The absurdity of qualified immunity is obvious in the hair-splitting distinctions courts make to let police officers off the hook. The Supreme Court could toss out qualified immunity but has repeatedly passed up that chance. The House passed a measure that among other changes would eliminate “qualified immunity” for law enforcement officers, but most Senate Republicans have sharply objected. This editorial is part of a series by the USA TODAY Opinion team examining the issue of qualified immunity.
A Great Inflation Redux? Economists Point to Big Differences.
The 1960s saw historically low unemployment while the current economy is still missing millions of jobs. According to many standard measures, the recovery remains fragile enough that government spending should lead to faster job growth, not more inflation. In the 1960s, an overheating economy gradually pushed up prices, but it was in the 1970s when inflation really took off. Inflation jumped to 12 percent in late 1974, then moderated, and hit a peak of more than 14 percent in early 1980. The immediate culprit, in both big 1970s spikes, was oil.
Nikole Hannah-Jones ditching UNC for Howard shows how vital HBCUs are for Black faculty
It’s been more than 25 years since I enrolled at Tuskegee University four months shy of my 18th birthday. M Shelly Conner at Tuskegee University. Hannah-Jones’ treatment reinforces the importance of HBCUs for what they provide both to students, and to faculty. But HBCUs create a safe space where Black students are not curios oscillating between states of invisibility (often in classrooms) and hypervisibility (often in social settings). Although Hannah-Jones did not attend an HBCU as a student, these campuses are home to all Black students and faculty.
Column: Trump poses a riddle for Republican candidates in California. They have different solutions
The caterwauling ex-president and sore loser nonpareil poses a vexing riddle for Republican candidates. Fail to excite the Trump faithful, the thinking goes, and they’ll skip voting and give Democrats an overwhelming turnout advantage. Should a candidate hug Trump too tightly, the theory goes, those voters will stay home — or, worse, vote Democratic once again. It’s a quandary that is particularly acute in California, where Trump lost to Biden by 30 percentage points and no Republican has won statewide office in well over a decade. AdvertisementEven those carefully couched and obviously true statements may disqualify Chen in the eyes of some Trump loyalists.
"No hay de otra": Vacunarse para evitar la variante delta, dicen autoridades de Arizona
La variante delta, también conocida como B.1.167.2, se detectó por primera vez en la India. "Ninguna vacuna es 100%, así que el virus tiene que llegar hasta ti para que la vacuna no sea efectiva. "Hemos visto un aumento en la proporción que se debe a la variante delta". Es la forma más segura de protegerse contra la enfermedad grave y la muerte por COVID-19, dicen. "Sabemos que los proveedores y los amigos de confianza que se han vacunado son una buena fuente de información en la que la gente ha dicho que confía.
Ride along with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office Eviction Division
Ride along with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office Eviction DivisionTake a ride along with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office Eviction Division as deputies serve evictions.
Paul Estrin: Annamie Paul and the anti-Semitic wolves washed in green
Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. As a political party with seats in the House of Commons, the Green party sets an example that other organizations emulate. Article content There is a blind spot in the Green party in the fight against racism and bigotry. National Post Paul Estrin is the former president of the Green Party of Canada.
One Weird Trick to Force Billionaires to Pay Taxes
Thiel’s use of a Roth IRA is very clearly tax avoidance but not necessarily tax evasion (although Thiel’s purchase of undervalued shares is suspicious). ProPublica’s initial story , which examined how billionaires like George Soros, Warren Buffett, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos end up paying little to the federal government, characterized their behavior as legal tax avoidance. The economic substance doctrine is a tool against even those unforeseen strategies. And, because the tax gap only accounts for tax evasion and not tax avoidance, the true amount of lost revenue is likely far higher. Independent of Congress, the Biden administration must make use of its existing powers to prevent tax avoidance and ensure that the existing tax code is properly and equitably administered.
Opinion | Should Trump Displace Buchanan as the Worst President Ever?
To the Editor:Re “Maybe Trump Wasn’t the Worst President Ever?,” by Mark K. Updegrove (Opinion guest essay, nytimes.com, July 1):James Buchanan has long occupied last place in the rankings of U.S. presidents, but thanks to Donald Trump, it looked as if he was on the verge of surrendering that ignominy. After all, Mr. Trump seemed to be the strongest candidate in the last 100 years to displace Buchanan. Unfortunately for Buchanan, the 142 presidential historians who participated in C-SPAN’s just released 2021 Presidential Historians Survey decided otherwise. For the country’s sake, there will hopefully be no future contenders for the title of Worst President Ever. But time will not be as kind to Donald Trump.
Universal curriculum coming to NYC schools with focus on diversity
The Department of Education is rolling out a “mosaic” curriculum to standardize English and math instruction across all 1,600 city schools — as part of a $635 million overhaul, officials announced Thursday. That effort will focus on diversifying educational materials to “better reflect” the demographics of the nation’s largest school system, officials said. “It’s meant to be for the whole system,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at his daily briefing Thursday. “Which will simplify and clarify the work of our educators and better represent our kids.”The initiative will include the purchase of books and other teaching materials. “We know we can teach kids a lot better and a single New York City curriculum will allow us to do that,” de Blasio said.
Tokyo Olympics force athletes to sign waivers while claiming it’s safe
Ignore the doubts in your own mind, which tell you we won’t really know how risky this was until people go back to their home countries, perhaps carrying the virus, perhaps to places where the majority of their countrymen are unvaccinated and the health care system is overwhelmed, and especially won’t know for some time what this is doing to the Japanese population. Smother your suspicion that the IOC’s real agenda is that it’s desperate to collect on $4 billion in broadcast rights fees that make up its main revenue, so its only propaganda play is to understate the risk, and campaign that everything is safe, perfectly safe, while the lawyers make dramatic changes to waivers that cover no one but their uniformly gray backsides.
Opinion : An ugly new right-wing attack poses a test for populists like J.D. Vance
“This is a mistake of the modern conservative movement, to say, Well, these are private companies; we have to keep our hands off,” he tells me. “I do generally think that cutting people’s taxes is a good thing. On the other hand, when there are companies that have effectively rigged the economy — such that they pay a lower tax rate than my middle-class sister, that’s not fair.”
Brett Kavanaugh already undercut Trump’s Facebook lawsuit
… When a private entity provides a forum for speech, the private entity is not ordinarily constrained by the First Amendment because the private entity is not a state actor. The private entity may thus exercise editorial discretion over the speech and speakers in the forum. Therefore, a private entity who provides a forum for speech is not transformed by that fact alone into a state actor. After all, private property owners and private lessees often open their property for speech. In short, merely hosting speech by others is not a traditional, exclusive public function and does not alone transform private entities into state actors subject to First Amendment constraints.
Opinion: Afghans who aided US forces now desperately need help in return
The announcement late last month suggests that the administration is starting to grasp the consequences of withdrawing on Afghan civilians. So, instead, the US now says it will evacuate many of these Afghans while they wait. For many Afghans who worked for the US or simply supported the ideals the Americans brought with them, these questions are a matter of life or death. Since then, Sediq earned a BA and an MA in Turkey and could have stayed out of the country. Join us on Twitter and FacebookAs the troops withdraw, there is much that the US can do to support the Afghans who remain -- diplomatically and through financial support.
Back again, digitally enhanced
You might live on as an (artificially) intelligent entity, capable of learning and adapting to new developments in your life. For “life,” read: “death.”In this vein, Microsoft owns a patent on a posthumous “chatbot,” a Bill-Gates-meets-Madame-Blavatsky gizmo offering a digital connection to the Next World. It’s heartening to imagine an improved, digitally resurrected me. AI Alex would theoretically avoid the many mistakes committed by Analog Alex. That is precisely the kind of juvenile outburst that AI Alex would avoid.
New, rare gray wolf pack identified in Northern California
SAN FRANCISCO — A new pack of gray wolves has been identified in Northern California, becoming the third pack to establish itself in the state in the last century, state wildlife officials and conservationists said. Gray wolves are native to California, but disappeared in the 1920s. The species is protected under the California Endangered Species Act. In January, the Trump administration removed endangered species protections from gray wolves, ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states and tribes in charge of overseeing the predators. Scientists involved in the study said the findings should serve notice to wildlife managers in other states with wolves.
Mass. legislator pitches a pandemic remedy: an extra year of school
The abrupt shift to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic upended K-12 education across the country, particularly for individuals with developmental disabilities, and one state representative from Boston pitched a strategy Tuesday to repair some of the damage: allow any student who will soon graduate to stay in school for an additional year. Legislation filed by Democrat Representative Edward Coppinger would allow any Massachusetts student who graduated in 2021 or is scheduled to graduate in 2022, their parent, or their guardian to “opt-in” to another year of education before they move on to the next step in life. It would also allow any student receiving special education services who turns 22 — the age at which they no longer qualify for transition services from public school districts — during the 2020-21 or 2021-22 academic years to stay in school until they turn 23.
Ducey appoints ex-aide to fill state Supreme Court vacancy
Doug Ducey on Thursday announced he is filling an Arizona Supreme Court vacancy by appointing Kathryn Hackett King, a Phoenix lawyer who previously worked on his staff. King, a fellow Republican whom Ducey appointed to the state Board of Regents in 2020, was Ducey's deputy general counsel from 2015 to 2017. She previously worked at Snell & Wilmer LLP, a large Phoenix-based firm. Ducey's appointment of King fills a vacancy created by the retirement earlier this year of now-former Justice Andrew Gould, whom Ducey appointed to the state high court in 2016. King was among seven nominees selected by a state court screening panel.
China slams Olympic boycott call, 'politicization of sports'
China has criticized what it called the “politicization of sports” after British lawmakers urged a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics unless China allows an investigation of complaints of human rights abuses in its northwestBEIJING -- China on Thursday criticized what it called the “politicization of sports” after British lawmakers urged a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics unless China allows an investigation of complaints of human rights abuses in its northwest. A boycott “will not succeed,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said. The British Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee called for the government to urge British companies to boycott the Beijing Games, scheduled for February. The appeal adds to pressure on China's ruling Communist Party over reports of mass detentions and other abuses of mostly Muslim ethnic minorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. “China firmly opposes the politicization of sports and the interference in other countries’ internal affairs by using human rights issues as a pretext," Wang said.
Yankees fan cries when GM calls with big news
Yankees fan cries when GM calls with big newsGwen Goldman got to be a New York Yankees' bat girl 60 years after being turned down because of her gender.
Trump's Big Tech lawsuits are legally and factually absurd. But hey, we're talking about him.
Trump filed lawsuits Wednesday against YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, each purporting to be a class action. “There's no Constitutional protection for using social media to incite an insurrection. First, that Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are “state actors” and, therefore, bound by the First Amendment. And, in fact, it underscores the silliness of Trump’s obsession with eliminating Section 230 in the misguided hope of restoring his social media accounts. So if these lawsuits are so factually and legally shaky, why did Trump file them?
Lara Trump: CRT teaches us to 'judge one another on the color of their skin'
Fox News contributor Lara Trump joined "Fox & Friends" Thursday, suggesting that critical race theory is teaching children to "judge people on the color of their skin" and stating it’s "dead wrong." The daughter-in-law of former president Donald Trump made these comments after the head of the teacher’s union, Randi Weingarten, accused Republican lawmakers of "bullying" teachers on race. It is her husband who is also the president of the United States, pushing critical race theory, not just in our schools, also in our military. But for anybody to suggest somehow that critical race theory is positive, to teach our kids to judge one another on the color of their skin, first and foremost, is wrong. We're going to stand up for our kids and we're going to push back on critical race theory.'
'Woke, Inc.' author on Trump's Big Tech lawsuit: Imagine the response if 'facts were reversed'
Vivek Ramaswamy, biotech entrepreneur and author of ‘Woke, Inc,' joined "Fox & Friends" to provide insight into former President Trump's lawsuit against Big Tech. He said it could be one of the defining cases of our time, as companies like Facebook and Twitter are currently protected by the government under Section 230. He warns that private companies in this capacity have the potential to threaten liberty as much as the government. Imagine the facts were reversed and you have now a Republican-controlled White House, Senate and Congress. … And private companies could threaten liberty just as much as the government.
Nobel-winning poverty researcher on why people aren't going back to work
"This is not the reason people aren't going back to work as quickly as we think they ought to," Duflo said. There are still more than 10 million Americans enrolled in pandemic-related programs, but Duflo said unemployment benefits gave people flexibility, and "doesn't make people lazy." Return to work is harder for womenAs people attempt to return to work, child care costs burden women more than men. In other developed regions, such as Europe, child care is viewed as a societal effort, whereas the U.S. pushes responsibility of child care solely onto mothers, she said. Covid has resulted in a reevaluation of the balance between work and family, but it has not solved the big issues for professional women.
Angelina Jolie: We Need to Understand the Human Cost of Burkina Faso’s Refugee Crisis
Burkina Faso is gripped by a war we seldom hear about, even though Western nations had a hand in its creation. After the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi’s government, militants and weapons flooded southwest across the Sahara and into Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. By 2015, those guns had been turned by extremist groups upon villagers, cattle herders and children in rural Burkina Faso. In the days before I arrived, militants attacked a village in the north of Burkina Faso and executed at least 138 people. The U.N. appeal for Burkina Faso is less than a quarter funded.
Latinx Files: ‘Forget the Alamo’ and the difficulties in talking about this country’s complicated history
You mention in the introduction of “Forget the Alamo” that you “stand on the shoulders of revisionist authors” whose work challenged the prevalent narrative of Texas history. Why, then, has there been backlash to your book and to the canceled event at the Bullock Texas State History Museum? Newsletter The Latinx experience chronicled Get the Latinx Files newsletter for stories that capture the multitudes within our communities. AdvertisementI’m from Texas, which means I was required to take Texas history in the seventh grade. It wasn’t until college that I learned about it, along with the long history of state violence against Mexicans and Mexican Americans.
Massachusetts and Purdue Pharma reach $4 billion settlement over company’s role in opioid crisis
The Sacklers, who control Purdue, must pay $4.325 billion over the next nine years, including $90 million to combat the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts. The agreement requires Purdue to make public 30 million documents, bans the Sacklers from the opioid business, and mandates that Purdue be wound down or sold by 2024, Attorney General Maura Healey’s office said Thursday. More than a dozen states including Massachusetts have reached a settlement with Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family that requires them to pay more than $4 billion for their role in the opioid crisis. Healey, in 2018, sued Purdue and its executives for misleading physicians and patients about the risks of opioids in order to increase their profits. The lawsuit alleged that Purdue, the maker of OxyContin, contributed to the overdose-related deaths of more than 670 Massachusetts residents who were prescribed the company’s drugs since 2009.
US jobless claims tick up to 373,000 from a pandemic low
Many states, though, have dropped the federal aid, responding to complaints that the generous benefits were discouraging some of the unemployed from seeking work: A total of 26 states plan to end the $300-a-week federal benefit before it ends nationally on Sept. 6. Most of those states will also cut off federal assistance to the self-employed, gig workers and people who have been out of work for more than six months.
Federal court dismisses Yale student’s lawsuit suit seeking tuition reimbursement for ‘virtual’ learning during pandemic
Courts have been divided on the question as the suits have begun moving through the judicial process. In many cases courts have sided with the schools, pointing to a concept known as educational malpractice, which holds that courts are ill-quipped to issue judgments on whether online education is inferior to in-person learning. Others have ruled for students, avoiding the relative benefits of in-person and online learning, concluding the students paid for in-person education and didn’t get it.
Massachusetts, fourteen other states announce resolution with Purdue Pharma
Purdue filed for bankruptcy in 2019 so the company could settle around 3,000 lawsuits from state and local governments and other entities. A total of 671 Massachusetts residents who filled prescriptions for Purdue opioids between 2009 and 2019 later died of an opioid overdose, according to the suit. According to Healey’s office, Purdue sent sales representatives to Massachusetts doctors offices, clinics and hospitals more than 150,000 times between 2008 and 2019. And also it doesn’t provide the kind of accountability and transparency that we need,” Healey said Monday. The Sackler family, the owners of Purdue, will be permanently banned from the opioid industry.
Biden with few options to stabilize Haiti in wake of slaying
MIAMI (AP) — The last time Haiti was thrust into turmoil by assassination was 1915, when an angry group of rebels raided the French Embassy and beat to death President Vilbrun Guillaume Sam, ushering in weeks of chaos that triggered a nearly two-decade U.S. military intervention. With the era of gunboat diplomacy long over, the U.S. is unlikely to deploy troops in the aftermath of the brazen slaying Wednesday of President Jovenel Moïse in an overnight raid at his home. But the Biden administration may nonetheless find itself dragged into the country's increasingly violent political conflict, one that has been building — if largely ignored by Washington — for months and which is now expected to deepen further, with the immediate path forward blurred by intrigue. “This will get the U.S.' full attention and that's already a big deal,” said Amy Wilentz, the author of multiple books on Haiti. “Up until now, no matter who went to the Americans about Haitian governance and its problems under Moïse, they weren't interested in interfering in any way except to support him.”Moïse was a little-known banana exporter until former President Michel Martelly, barred by the constitution from seeking reelection, tapped him to run as his heir in 2015 elections marred by allegations of fraud.
We can't will away COVID-19, and the delta variant is spreading rapidly. Get vaccinated
More:What to know about the COVID-19 Delta variant, vaccine effectivenessMany do not want to trust science and argue over the validity and meaning of the data, but determining what will happen is actually quite easy. Ninety-nine percent of coronavirus infections in the U.K. are from the delta variant. The delta variant is spreading rapidly in the United States. Vaccinated individuals who become infected tend to avoid severe illness. With the delta variant, some vaccinated individuals are at risk of spreading the virus.
South Africa's Jacob Zuma: From freedom fighter to president to jail
He was imprisoned for 10 years in 1963 for fighting the racist system of apartheid in South Africa, then went into exile in 1975 to become the spymaster of the African National Congress (ANC), before returning to South Africa triumphantly in 1990, and rising to the presidency in 2009, though by then his reputation had been stained by a deluge of corruption allegations.
Toronto police looking for fools recorded hanging out car windows
Toronto Police are currently conducting an investigation after seeing video, and are asking the public for any information or more dashcam footage. Commenters note that it’s a popular pastime in Woodbridge, as well, though evidence of that hasn’t been produced for public consumption — yet. Man, one tiny movement in the opposite direction of what your car decoration is anticipating and someone is toast beneath someone else’s wheels. Sergeant Jason Kraft with Toronto Police, Traffic Services says charges would include the obvious one, “failing to wear their seatbelt. Anyone with information or dashcam footage is asked to call Traffic Services at 416-808-1900.
If You Want to Get Ahead in the GOP, You’d Better Support Trump’s Big Lie
Vance—the author and Ron Howard muse turned GOP gubernatorial candidate—tried to repent for committing the cardinal sin of post-2016 Republican politics: having said anything slightly critical of Donald Trump in the past. Trump, Vance argued, was “unfit,” his attacks on immigrants were “reprehensible,” and his policies ranged from “immoral to absurd.” When it came time to offer an endorsement, Vance backed Evan McMullin. Vance’s decisions back then probably ensured he’d seamlessly float through the elite aeries to which he’d become accustomed. Republicans have been purged for less since 2017: In contemporary GOP politics, total allegiance to Donald Trump is mandatory. Vance is hoping to reinvent himself as a Trump Republican and has adopted the language of the new total culture war.
Republicans want "18 more months of chaos" — followed by the end of democracy
Today's Republican Party is a fascist, criminal, sociopathic, anti-democratic, white supremacist, theocratic, plutocratic and cultlike organization. As I have previously written, "white identity politics and white rage are more important than pocketbook issues for many of today's Republican voters." To work with Republicans is to legitimize them as responsible partners in government, when in reality today's Republican Party is an extremist, anti-democratic and white supremacist criminal organization. Today's Republican Party is ultimately incapable of being a partner in responsible governance. What does Roy's "18 more months of chaos and the inability to get stuff done" mean in practice?
The Supreme Court’s Latest Voting Rights Opinion Is Even Worse Than It Seems
In an opinion thick with irony, Justice Alito turned back the clock on voting rights to 1982. AdvertisementSection 5 helped a lot until the Supreme Court in Shelby County held that it was no longer constitutional because it infringed on an entirely invented “equal sovereignty” principle. AdvertisementAdvertisementCongress disagreed with the Supreme Court’s interpretation of Section 2, and in 1982 Congress passed a revised Section 2. AdvertisementThere’s no getting around the reality that the new Supreme Court has its conservative favorites and its progressive enemies, and that the Court stands ready to recraft American democracy in its image. Those may have been the good old days for him, but they were days of continued discrimination against minority voters for much of the country.
Former Montgomery teacher sentenced for possession of child pornography
“They placed their trust in me to live up to certain standards and I failed them,” Bremerman said. “I am ashamed of my actions which have cost me my career but more importantly I’ve brought negative attention to a profession that thrives on trust and deserves nothing but admiration and respect.”
Opinion : Biden said we’d ‘find out’ whether Putin would act on ransomware. Now we have.
And the most effective offense could come from Mr. Putin if he had any interest in running a play. Many cybercriminals located in Russia collaborate directly with the regime and its security services. Others operate in accordance with what they believe to be official wishes, knowing that’s a near-guarantee against punishment. The Kremlin is very effective in enforcing the law, or its version of the law, when it wants to be: Just ask jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Does anyone really believe this same institution is incapable of doing anything at all about even the most prolific and prominent hackers within its borders?
Opinion : Generation labels mean nothing. It’s time to retire them.
The supposed boundaries between generations are no more meaningful than the names they’ve been given. There is no research identifying the appropriate boundaries between generations, and there is no empirical basis for imposing the sweeping character traits that are believed to define them. Generation descriptors are either embarrassing stereotypes or caricatures with astrology-level vagueness. In one article you might read that Millennials are “liberal lions,” “downwardly mobile,” “upbeat,” “pre-Copernican,” “unaffiliated, anti-hierarchical, [and] distrustful” — even though they also “get along well with their parents, respect their elders and work well with colleagues.”
Opinion : Bangladesh is supposed to be a host to the Rohingya refugees, not their jailer
Bhasan Char is the latest “solution” devised for the Rohingya without their consent. It is a white-elephant project and a blueprint for long-term trouble. The Rohingya are expected to survive on handouts instead of meaningful employment. The national government and the international humanitarian bureaucracy have fostered a dependency-driven relationship with the Rohingya — not unlike the situation they endured back in their homeland in Rakhine State in Myanmar, where they are kept dependent on public handouts. It is hard to escape the conclusion that the Bhasan Char project has been designed above all to create rent-seeking opportunities for a variety of vested interests; protecting the Rohingya is clearly not the priority.
CNN political analyst says it’s time to make vaccinations and vaccine passports mandatory
CNN political analyst Julian Zelizer called on coronavirus vaccinations and vaccine passports to be made mandatory in the U.S., citing a concern for the Delta variant of the virus, as well as an increase in cases amongst the unvaccinated. "It is time to impose vaccine mandates and passports. The Covid-19 vaccines continue to perform extraordinarily well, but the rate of infection is worsening in unvaccinated populations. CORONAVIRUS VACCINE PASSPORTS WON'T BE MANDATED BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, FAUCI SAYS"Both political parties have made the mistake of framing vaccines within the tradition of individualism," he added. Zelizer claimed that these incentives were not enough: "Easy, accessible and attractive are important; nobody should face barriers toward receiving vaccines.
Opinion: The beginning of the end for Big Oil
A new oil price super cycle -- an extended period during which prices exceed their long-term trend -- seems to be in the making . That's being driven by pervasive supply shortages from the lack of investment that has continued since the 2014 collapse in oil prices and, more recently, reduced investment in shale oil production. Oil investment crunchEven with relatively lower oil prices, extraction and exploration companies have been highly profitable. Yet proponents of the view that oil demand has peaked overlook the structural increase in consumption that will eventually offset any downward shift from Covid. The rate of adoption of electric vehicles will, by and large, be the major driver of future oil demand because road fuel accounts for half of global oil demand.
Opinion: Moïse's assassination is a tragic reminder of Haiti's unraveling democracy
(CNN) In a devastating development in Haiti's constitutional standoff, a group of gunmen allegedly posing as agents of the Drug Enforcement Agency forcibly entered President Jovenel Moïse's private residence and assassinated him in the early hours of Wednesday. The country was already on edge following a protracted political crisis centered around the constitutionality of Moïse's presidential term and a controversial proposal to overhaul the country's constitution. While Moïse won the first round of Haiti's presidential election in November 2015, the runoff was postponed in the wake of fraud allegations. Now, the dispute over the constitutionality of Moïse's term has taken a criminal turn and the question of succession could engender another constitutional crisis. Join us on Twitter and FacebookMoïse's assassination is a tragic reminder of the country's unraveling democracy and the need to forge a solution to the escalating turmoil that puts Haiti's constitutional order and the well-being of its people at its center.
Opinion: This year's National Spelling Bee is an amazing opportunity
(CNN) The National Spelling Bee, canceled in 2020 because of Covid-19, returns in 2021 with the live prime time finals on Thursday, July 8. To benefit more of America's children, the National Spelling Bee should focus on greater access and inclusion for socioeconomically disadvantaged and racially minoritized kids. When I spoke with J. Michael Durnil, executive director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, he termed this measure an "equal access onramp." JUST WATCHED The one word that stumped all 8 spelling bee champs Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH The one word that stumped all 8 spelling bee champs 01:43Another area of growing disparity among participants is access to spelling bee coaching . It may seem absurd to offer spelling bee coaching scholarships in a time when many children lack educational resources.
Farmers like me want to join fight against climate change. But we need help (Opinion)
The agricultural industry is often misunderstood by the general public, and we haven't always been credited for being forward thinking on climate change. Climate change is a daunting issue, but farmers can be part of the solution by implementing good practices. Cutting-edge agricultural research conducted at American universities is delivering new solutions all the time to help farmers adapt to and mitigate climate change. It should also increase funding for agricultural research that helps farmers adapt to and mitigate climate change. Fighting climate change is a centerpiece of President Joe Biden's policy platform.
Enough: It's time to make vaccinations mandatory (opinion)
The Delta variant is offering a sobering reminder that the pandemic has faded in much of the country but certainly not ended. The message has been that the government will keep making vaccines as easy, accessible and attractive as possible. Biden and other political leaders need to start thinking about the good of the collective and not just the rights of the individual. Individuals need to pass tests and receive licenses if they want to drive, so that everyone on the road is as safe as possible. Collective obligations have always been part of what actually makes America great and we need to start talking about vaccines through this vital lens.
How do we survive extreme heat brought by climate change?
The small Canadian village of Lytton in British Columbia recorded the highest temperature in the nation’s history just days before it was devastated by a wildfire that was fueled by the extreme heat. In the absence of climate change, the heat wave would have been “virtually impossible,” but similar heat events are becoming increasingly common, according to a new study by leading climate scientists. Dense urban areas, where low-income people tend to live, can create a “heat island” effect that makes extreme heat even worse. Treating extreme heat events like natural disasters will help cities and individuals treat heat preparedness with the seriousness it deserves, they argue. We keep running models and fighting over which ‘solution’ is the best, but we have done nothing to address the impacts of climate change.
Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar (heart) Nazi-ranting Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene can’t stop comparing those who are trying to save Americans from COVID-19 to Nazis. Meantime, Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar called her a “national treasure.”And Republican Rep. Andy Biggs appears to go right along with Taylor Greene’s idiotic fearmongering comments that, in the end, could lead to unnecessary COVID-19 deaths. A while back Greene compared a mask mandate in the U.S. House of Representatives to the Holocaust. Still, instead of encouraging vaccines Arizona’s Rep. Biggs on Wednesday tweeted:In 2021, the nine most terrifying words in the English language: “I’m from the government, have you been vaccinated yet?”Terrifying? Arizona’s Republican representatives voted against disciplining Greene for those comments.
Readers respond: Housing critique misses the mark
Mildner, by offering debunked housing policy criticisms bereft of solutions in his June 30 opinion piece “Plummeting projects shows Portland’s broken housing policy,” revels in his downhill pace. It was an easy out for a Portland City Council unable to identify real solutions. That said, it’s not the all-encompassing housing supply bugaboo Mildner cites. The housing market is tight and homelessness is on the rise in many faraway states. Let’s start with the more than $150 million in land the city owns without a clear public purpose that could support affordable housing.
Rights groups hail jailing of South Africa's ex-leader Zuma
Zuma will wear standard prison garb and will be eligible for parole after serving a quarter of his sentence, Lamola said. The prison will comply with rulings coming from the two court applications that Zuma’s lawyers have filed against his imprisonment, the minister said. This is extremely dangerous in the contexts of a country where the rule of law is under siege at so many levels. It is vital that Mr. Zuma and his supporters be held accountable every step of the way.”Amnesty International South Africa also praised Zuma’s surrender and imprisonment. Former President Zuma handing himself over goes a long way in showing that no one is above the law in South Africa,” said Shenilla Mohamed, executive director of Amnesty South Africa.
Republicans and Democrats have lost their way. Here's how we make America truly great
Muhammad BabarOpinion contributorThis time each year I take the opportunity to reflect on my place as a citizen of our beautiful Mother America. Mother America has provided me opportunities to become a caring and proud American citizen. It is because of Mother America that I feel more connected to my faith tradition, Islam, and strive to live the purpose of my creation, which is service to humanity. Recently, I have been thinking a lot about what makes our Mother America weak, unsteady and unable to stand firm as one of the greatest countries in the world. Despite all the miscues, America proved in 2020 that it not only survived but is moving forward in 2021 with full steam.
Conservative justices make it clear: they won’t stop anti-democratic voting laws
But when I spoke with voting rights lawyers earlier this year, they were cautiously hopeful the justices might find some way to preserve the measures without dealing too much of a blow to the Voting Rights Act. That didn’t happen – the court’s majority opinion, authored by Samuel Alito, unequivocally narrows the law and gives lawmakers powerful ammunition to pass more restrictive voting laws. It is the latest in a string of cases from the supreme court in which justices have made it clear that they will not stop anti-democratic voting laws. The Arizona case deals specifically with section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits any voting rule that denies equal access to the ballot box based on race. More fundamentally, Kagan writes, the court’s majority turns a blind eye to how voting discrimination actually works.
There's a Proven Way to Reduce Gun Violence in America's Cities. We Just Need to Fund It
This staggering weekend of violence isn’t an outlier; based on an already difficult year and the violence trends we’ve seen, this could be one of the deadliest summers on record for gun violence. Instead, we should learn from past failures and—as President Biden said in his recent speech on gun violence earlier—invest in what works: community violence intervention (CVI) programs that actually address the cycle of intergenerational poverty, violence, and trauma that drives gun violence. Story continuesAs gun violence has surged, so too has commentary about whether public safety concerns should compel us to return to a “tough on crime” approach. Cuomo signed two pieces of legislation to combat gun violence in New York state. We have an opportunity to change that and to actually reduce gun violence for the long-term.
Opinion: Future-proof our infrastructure with smart technology
While “crumbling” is perhaps rhetorical overkill, much of our 20th century infrastructure is aging and struggling to meet current needs. To that end, the president has challenged Americans to “build back better.” But what does “better” mean in the context of our bridges, roads, trains, ports and other infrastructure elements? Technology will future-proof our systems by enabling them to better adapt to changing conditions, and thereby extending their effective life. The challenge of future-proofing our infrastructure will require imagination and vision from Washington lawmakers striving to pass an infrastructure bill. Whether Republicans and Democrats settle on trillions or mere billions of dollars, some aspirational elements should be easy to agree on — namely, the need to build smart infrastructure.
Fact-checking claims bail reform is driving increase in violent crime
Bail reforms — which generally focus on removing or limiting the use of cash bail against defendants who are accused of misdemeanors or nonviolent offenses — aim at making sure most defendants are not held in jail while awaiting trial solely because they cannot afford cash bail. Many variables have contributed to the increases Graham is referencing but CNN has seen no evidence to suggest that bail reform is a major factor. New Jersey largely removed cash bail in 2017 and Alaska largely ended its cash bail system in 2018. However, the increase in crime has occurred in cities across the country, not just those with bail reform measures. One study conducted prior to the pandemic contradicts the implication that bail reforms lead to a significant increase in violent crime.
Forget fireworks. They’re dangerous and terrify pets | Letters to the editor
The New York City Democratic primary, the de facto election of the city’s new mayor, was actually held on June 22. But as of this writing, on July 6, there is still no declared winner, two weeks after the election. The ranked choice voting process has been a complete disaster, an embarrassment, and this is what you want to bring to Florida? I could call that a mistake but it would be a gross understatement.
Vintage Fitz Cartoon: From 2014
CartoonistDavid is an editorial cartoonist and has been with the Star since 1986. He's won many awards and his cartoons are syndicated to over 700 clients worldwide. He was President of the Tucson Press Club for a decade in the 90s.
Veteran’s view: War in Afghanistan did little good at too-high price
Fifteen years ago, I wrote a column in these pages supporting our war efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq. When I returned from Iraq in 2005, having served as an infantryman in the New York Army National Guard, I truly believed progress was possible there. Now, as the Biden administration withdraws the last of our forces in Afghanistan, I must admit I was wrong. She was born just a few months before 9/11, a baby girl very much on my mind as I put on my uniform in a Manhattan National Guard Armory that fateful morning. Have the ambitions of what used to be called Global War on Terror improved Afghanistan and Iraq?
Rights groups hail imprisonment of South Africa’s ex-leader
A convoy of vehicles transporting former South African President Jacob Zuma leaves his home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal Province Wednesday July 7 2021. Initial reaction to the news of Zuma’s imprisonment was muted in Nkandla, the area of his strongest support. It urged its members to “remain calm.”Human rights groups were more enthusiastic in welcoming Zuma’s incarceration. Former President Zuma handing himself over goes a long way, in showing that no one is above the law in South Africa,” Amnesty South Africa Executive Director Shenilla Mohamed said. “Respect for the rule of law is essential for the promotion and protection of human rights and must be upheld without fear or favor,” Mohamed said in a statement.
The Court chooses a side in the struggle for democracy
Last week, in an Arizona voting rights case, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it too has chosen sides. In Brnovich v. DNC, Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the Court, validated a couple of challenged Arizona voting restrictions. More importantly, Alito’s opinion largely gutted section 2 of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. The ideologically-riven Alito eviscerated the Voting Rights Act without statutory, constitutional, textual or originalist authority. A high court committed to thwarting democracy to assure Republican ascendancy is a potent asset in the sedition wars.
Republican Kevin Faulconer tries to run his recall campaign as a policy wonk
After all, this is a heavily Democratic state, and all the major replacement candidates are Republicans — and past supporters of former President Trump to boot. But for what it’s worth — which should be a lot — the candidate most qualified by experience to replace Newsom is a throwback Republican: Kevin Faulconer. Newsom is running against Trump, while Faulconer and other Republican candidates are trying to make the Sept. 14 recall election a referendum on the Democratic governor. If you’re going to run as a Republican for California governor, you’ve got to protect your right flank. Roughly 6 million Californians voted for Trump.
Krugman: It’s morning in Biden’s America, and he should crow about it
Last Tuesday President Joe Biden’s Council of Economic Advisers published a blog post warning everyone not to make too much of any one month’s employment report. As it happened, however, the report came in strong: The economy added an impressive 850,000 jobs. The job gain was especially impressive given widespread claims that businesses couldn’t expand because generous unemployment benefits were discouraging workers from taking jobs. Oh, and so much for Donald Trump’s warnings that there would be a “Biden depression” if he weren’t reelected. We’ve gained 3 million jobs since Biden took office, or 600,000 jobs a month.
Opinion: An extraordinary effort delivered COVID vaccines to 70% of Denverites. We can replicate it.
The covid vaccination effort has had many challenges, and it’s easy to lose sight of the truly remarkable things being done — things thought to be impossible a short time ago. Six months into the covid vaccine campaign is a good time to start to collect the lessons we have learned and start writing a new rulebook. More detailed evaluations of the covid vaccination experience are needed, but already we can see some preliminary lessons:Community engagement is essential to achieving high-level immunization. Bill Burman is director of Denver Public Health and a past co-chair of the Metro Denver Partnership for Health. He is an Infectious Diseases physician at Denver Health.
Drew Ramsay: Dangerous anti-critical race theory bills leave the door open for deniers of slavery, genocide and the Holocaust.
Drew RamsayGuest ColumnistLike most Americans, I learned my history from white teachers and white historians. More:What I discovered about critical race theory in public schools and why it shouldn't be taughtMy students see this in their daily lives. Students of color face barriers that students in white schools and communities do not face. More:Opinion: Radical left using race theory to advance agenda in schoolsLearning about racism can be uncomfortable for some, but that discomfort often promotes growth and change. Having taught history for over 20 years, I also know that teaching race in the classroom makes it less difficult and uncomfortable over time.
Opinion: “No man calls me a fool.” There is much to know about Ohio lawmaker shot dead years after famous punch
Richard L. MillerGuest ColumnistBefore being expelled from the Ohio House of Representatives, Larry Householder — a former speaker and a Perry County Republican — decried the action as “unprecedented." Householder's expulsion, however, was not unprecedented — 164 years earlier, in January 1857, the Ohio House expelled a promising young politician, Hamilton County Democrat John P. Slough. The Ohio House named three Republicans and two Democrats to investigate the Slough-Cadwell altercation. A week later, before galleries packed with spectators, the Ohio House voted 71-32 to expel Slough. Partisanship ruled, politicians insulted their opponents and an increasingly fevered political scene cost Slough his political career and eventually his life.
Canadian tribes threaten to sue over hydro-power transmission corridor
MONTREAL — A group of Canadian tribes is threatening to sue to stop construction on the Canadian side of the border on a transmission corridor that aims to provide hydropower to the New England power grid. The New England Clean Energy Connect calls for a 145-mile transmission line in Maine to bring electricity produced by Hydro-Quebec to the New England grid. The five tribes, comprised of the Anishnabeg, Atikamekw and Innu nations, represent about 7,000 people, Maine Public reported. The Canadian transmission line would not cross tribal land, but the First Nations contend that more than a third of the electricity will be produced from dams on land the tribes never ceded to the Canadian government. To meet the U.S. needs, Hydro-Quebec will likely further stress ecosystems that the tribes depend on for sustenance, said Lucien Wabanonik, spokesperson for the tribes.
Pharmacy exec resentenced to 14 years in meningitis outbreak
The outbreak was traced to mold-tainted steroid injections produced by the company in Framingham. Prosecutors had urged U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns to resentence Cadden to more than 17 years in prison. Laura Brinton’s mother implored the judge to impose a longer punishment, detailing the agony that her daughter and others have endured. “My beautiful, educated, gracious, successful daughter has asked me many times why we didn’t let her die,” Brinton’s mother wrote in the letter. “I have told her we all hoped that living would bring with it restored health.
Rights groups hail imprisonment of South Africa's ex-leader
Human rights groups were more enthusiastic in welcoming Zuma's incarceration. The Nelson Mandela Foundation said it was pleased Zuma is in custody, but it criticized South Africa's former head of state for failing “to abide by the deadline set by the Constitutional Court, thus continuing a pattern of disregard for the rule of law and for our constitutional democracy.”The foundation said it is “profoundly disturbed by the willingness of Mr. Zuma to court public violence and lawlessness in support of political and personal agendas....This is extremely dangerous in the contexts of a country where the rule of law is under siege at so many levels....It is vital that Mr. Zuma and his supporters be held accountable every step of the way." Amnesty International South Africa also praised Zuma's surrender and imprisonment. “Due process must be allowed to take its course and the Constitution, and the law upheld. Former President Zuma handing himself over goes a long way, in showing that no one is above the law in South Africa,” Amnesty South Africa Executive Director Shenilla Mohamed said.
Latest hack to test Biden's vow for consequences for Russia
The administration has yet to attribute the latest major attack to Russians hackers. Biden said he set red lines by handing a list to Putin of some 16 critical infrastructure entities, including water systems and the energy sector, in the U.S. that are off-limits to attack. He said “responsible countries need to take action against criminals who conduct ransomware activities on their territory.”The Kaseya attack did not appear to affect any critical infrastructure. Nevertheless, the incident shows that ransomware attacks, even if they don’t target critical infrastructure, have the potential to be damaging when done on a massive scale. Biden also suggested that he told Putin that he stood ready to retaliate should the Russians go too far.
Lytton’s mayor: ‘Where many buildings stood is now simply charred earth’
On June 29, the small village of Lytton, in Canada, became one of hottest places on Earth. Where many buildings stood is now simply charred earth; it is going to take in-person assessments to determine the actual state of the damage. Where many buildings stood is now simply charred earthThere are no services at this time. The charred remnants of homes and buildings destroyed by a wildfire in Lytton, British Columbia. Photograph: Jennifer Gauthier/ReutersPlease understand that all of our emergency operations center equipment was destroyed in the village office building.
Canada’s government needs to face up to its role in Indigenous children’s deaths | Cindy Blackstock and Pamela Palmater
Ground-penetrating sonar found the children’s bodies that the survivors of Canada’s “residential schools” always knew were there. More than 1,000 unmarked children’s graves have been discovered at former residential schools. Leading perpetrators in the residential school scandal were exalted in history books while statues of them were erected in prominent places. The Canadian government is now doubling down on the narrative that the residential schools are part of its “dark history”. The Catholic church has sent prayers, but has refused to issue a papal apology or make proper financial reparations to survivors and disclose residential school records.
An outside look at the Chinese Communist Party's 100th birthday
Last week China organized celebrations to mark the centennial anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC). Here are some of his statements and assertions:Only socialism can save China, and only socialism with Chinese characteristics can develop China. China will not accept sanctimonious preaching from those who feel they have the right to lecture the Chinese. On the other hand, the lack of congratulatory messages from the Japanese government and, more ironically, the Japanese Communist Party (JCP), were very notable. After listening to his stories, I said, “Fine, but who were the young Japanese politicians you met with this time?
Building the inclusive, networked U.N. we need
Great-power competition, the troubling rise of xenophobic nationalism, existential environmental threats and the ongoing COVID-19 onslaught present major global governance challenges. We therefore support the proposal for a World Summit on Inclusive Global Governance involving a wide range of participants. Fortunately, the secretary-general’s call for a new kind of networked and inclusive multilateralism is thus prompting a healthy and consequential rethink of global governance norms, policies, institutions and operations. The roadmap for implementing such reforms should include a comprehensive intergovernmental and multistakeholder preparatory effort that culminates in the World Summit in 2023. A recent Stimson Center report, Beyond UN75: A Roadmap for Inclusive, Networked & Effective Global Governance, provides further details of this strategy.
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No hope: Families confront fate of Florida collapse victims United States · 10:44 AM UTCIt was the dreaded end that all had feared. Fourteen days after a seaside condominium tower collapsed just north of Miami, rescuers said their mission was no longer one of rescue, but had shifted to recovery. There were no survivors.
German Greens’ Baerbock admits mistakes in plagiarism row
BERLIN — Annalena Baerbock, the German Greens’ candidate for chancellor, has admitted mistakes after facing allegations of plagiarism over her new book. Baerbock told the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper she deliberately used publicly available sources, especially when referring to facts. The Greens argued Baerbock had been stating widely known facts and well-known Green positions. Since being named in April as the Greens’ candidate to succeed Angela Merkel in September’s general election, Baerbock has come under attack on multiple fronts. After leading in opinion polls earlier in the year, the Greens have fallen back in recent months.
Global COVID-19 deaths hit 4 million amid rush to vaccinate
The global death toll from COVID-19 eclipsed 4 million Wednesday as the crisis increasingly becomes a race between the vaccine and the highly contagious delta variant. The toll is three times the number of people killed in traffic accidents around the globe every year. With the advent of the vaccine, deaths per day have plummeted to around 7,900, after topping out at over 18,000 a day in January. The U.S. and other wealthy countries have agreed to share at least 1 billion doses with struggling countries. Instead of treating the crisis as a “me-and-myself-and-my-country” problem, she said, “we need to get serious that this is a worldwide problem that needs worldwide solutions.”
Should the Delta variant change the U.S. pandemic playbook?
The Delta variant has fueled outbreaks around the globe and forced a growing number of countries to impose new restrictions to reduce its spread. Delta is believed to be a factor in major surges reported in developing countries in Africa, Asia and South America. "Where people have gotten the two shots, the Delta variant is highly unlikely to result in anything," President Biden said in mid-June. Story continuesSome experts, however, say the U.S. should amend its approach in response to the Delta variant. Thanks to the Delta variant, it is time to reconsider.
Op-Ed: Connecting with Kafka during our pandemic isolation
The experience made a particular feature of his work more salient than it might have been if we had met in person: the disquieting varieties of a ruminative solitude, particularly resonant during pandemic isolation. COVID-19 was our beast: It interrupted our lives in a sudden and complete way, casting us all as anxious characters in a Kafka parable. In such times, literature gives readers ways to grapple with extreme uncertainty. Through our independent study, my student and I came upon unsettling forms of loneliness, isolation and unexpected change in the Kafkaesque landscape we explored. A hundred years before us, Kafka offered us a revealing window into the current strangeness of our lives.
Why NYC’s Democratic primary for mayor is the most important election in 2021
It was the most important election of 2021 in terms of what it means for American politics. When Ocasio-Cortez won, it set the stage for other Democratic primary challenges from the left that were not only viable but more likely to succeed than not. This is, the thinking went, where politics was headed inside of the Democratic Party. While the Republican Party continues to veer more to the right every month, it is Democratic primary voters who have kept the party from lurching further left. Adams, after all, was the most prominent moderate running in a crowded Democratic primary.
Tyler Cowen: America is not as woke as it appears
Numerous foundations that arose from the fortunes of right-leaning founders, such as Pew or Ford or Hewlett, have morphed into left-wing institutions. Additional forces strengthen Conquest’s Second Law. The left is simply more prominent in mass media, so Conquest’s Second Law appears to be truer than it really is. Left-wing views, at least on some issues, might have more of a “least common denominator” element than do many right-wing views. Conservatives thus should be able to take some comfort in Conquest’s Second Law.
Letters: Unemployment fraud, police and military, tip on tipping, private schools
The Dispatch reported that Ohio got hit with $21 million in fraudulent and $457 million in nonfraudulent overpayments this past year. Because of this, every unemployed recipient needs to provide seven pieces of identification to prove they are legitimate. Somebody is the great men and women who make up the Columbus Division of Police and United States military. Many might have thought that a 20% tip was reduced to 17%, i.e., a $10 tip becomes $8.50. Jerome Schindler, ColumbusPublic gets a bargain with taxpayer money going to private schoolsI read with interest the Tuesday letter, "Taxpayer money should not be going to private schools," lamenting tax money being given to private schools, but singling out Catholic schools.
Our view: Gov. Mike DeWine should extinguish fireworks bill with his veto power
The Fourth of July death of Blue Jackets’ goalie Matiss Kivlenieks offered a reminder of that terrible fact and is part of the reason we urge Gov. Mike DeWine to veto legislation that would make it legal for consumers to discharge fireworks in this state. More:Police: Fireworks tube accidentally tipped, angled toward Blue Jackets goalie Matiss KivlenieksKivlenieks suffered extensive external injuries and fatal wounds to his heart and lungs. Between March and September 2020, fireworks injuries increased by 56% to 15,600. More:911 calls reveal details on fireworks incident that killed NHL goalie Matiss KivlenieksBut there are more serious reasons DeWine should use his veto power.
Dispatch leads first Columbus Conversation on community-police relations Thursday
StaffPossible solutions to one of the most-challenging problems facing our community will be the subject of the first in a new series of community discussions facilitated by The Columbus Dispatch. "This is one of the most-important topics before us in Columbus today," said Dispatch Editor Alan D. Miller. (Building Responsibility, Equality and Dignity) Vladimir Kogan , Ohio State University associate professor of political science and a member of the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission, Ohio State University associate professor of political science and a member of the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission Brian A. 9, vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9 Sean Walton , a Columbus civil rights attorney and a leader of the Columbus Police Accountability Project, a Columbus civil rights attorney and a leader of the Columbus Police Accountability Project Shannon G. Hardin , Columbus City Council president, Columbus City Council president Tim Becker, Deputy chief of the Columbus Division of PoliceQuestions for the panel can be submitted in advance by emailing them to AmeliaRobinson@dispatch.com.
Theodore Decker: Columbus doesn't have to settle for homicide counts in the triple digits
A man was shot to death in a Franklinton bar last Thursday, making his death the 100th homicide to occur in the city of Columbus this year. Last year, 175 homicides occurred in Columbus, the most recorded in a single year. These comparisons might well illustrate what seems increasingly likely: 2021 is well on track to surpass last year's total homicides. In 2008, 109 homicides occurred. Homicide counts can be notoriously fickle from year-to-year, and criminologists often warn against reading too much into such fleeting changes.
Top headlines this morning: July 8
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has filed suit against three of the country's biggest tech companies, claiming he and other conservatives have been wrongfully censored. But legal experts say the suits are likely doomed to fail, given existing precedent and legal protections.
Justin Trudeau’s love of fossil fuel will only make Canada’s extreme weather worse
Canada’s emissions are higher today than they were in 1990 and Canada is performing worse on climate change than any other G7 country. Canada’s big banks and pension funds are among the largest fossil fuel financiers and investors in the world. Their enabling of the fossil fuel industry hinders real action on climate. But what the fossil fuel companies have been working to cover up and obfuscate is that emissions trapped in our atmosphere come from three products: oil, gas and coal. During the pandemic, billions in Canadian stimulus spending went to the fossil fuel companies.
‘Tragic’: Justice Elena Kagan’s scorching dissent on Arizona voting restrictions
In a 6-3 ruling that broke down along ideological lines, the court’s conservative justices upheld two Arizona voting restrictions and considerably weakened section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark 1965 civil rights law. “The court decides this Voting Rights Act case at a perilous moment for the nation’s commitment to equal citizenship,” she writes. She also is unsparing in her criticism of Shelby County v Holder, the 2013 supreme court ruling that gutted another key part of the Voting Rights Act. Nonetheless, the court’s conservative majority rejected that evidence, noting it affected just 1% of Hispanic, Black, and Native American voters, leaving the majority of Arizona voters unaffected. “Except in a pair of footnotes responding to this dissent, the term “Native American” appears once (count it, once) in the majority’s five-page discussion of Arizona’s ballot-collection ban,” Kagan writes.
Court case of 47 Hong Kong democracy activists to resume on Sept 23
By Jessie PangHONGKONG – The widely monitored national security case of 47 Hong Kong democracy activists charged with conspiracy to commit subversion, most of whom have been in custody for more than four months, will resume in September, a judge ruled on Thursday. Judge Victor So in the West Kowloon Court ruled the defendants will return to court on Sept. 23 after Thursday’s appearance as prosecutors had requested more time to prepare the case. The charges against the activists, many of whom have announced their retirement from politics, are punishable with up to life in prison. They have said prosecutions were independent, based on evidence and had no relation with the background or profession of the arrestees. More than 120 people have been arrested under the security law so far, mostly opposition politicians, democracy activists and students as young as 15.
Rupa Subramanya: Church fires show the left's disgusting propensity to turn a blind eye to violence
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Chinese diplomat, party newspaper post cartoon of Trudeau on indigenous skulls, escalating campaign
Share this Story: Chinese diplomat, party newspaper post cartoon of Trudeau on indigenous skulls, escalating campaignChinese diplomat, party newspaper post cartoon of Trudeau on indigenous skulls, escalating campaign Beijing goes a bold step further in denouncing Canada's criticism of its mistreatment of Uyghurs Photo by Shannon VanRaes / ReutersArticle content The cartoon is not exactly subtle. Article content It depicts Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sitting on what appear to be the skulls of Indigenous people, grave stones in the background. Try refreshing your browser, or Chinese diplomat, party newspaper post cartoon of Trudeau on indigenous skulls, escalating campaign Back to video “We stole your land, we killed your men, we buried your child (sic),” says the smirking Trudeau character as vultures circle behind him. Article content More On This Topic Federal government to teach non-racialized Canadians about systemic racism B.C. Article content A spokesman for the Assembly of First Nations could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Republican anti-Semitic rhetoric empowers ‘the most extreme, dangerous domestic groups’
Founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Paul Rieckhoff, writer at large for the Bulwark Tim Miller, and Washington Post columnist react to the rise of anti-Semitic statements in the GOP and how they fuel the rise in extremism
Making history: Chileans start work on first constitution equally drafted by women, men
Last Sunday, Roa attended the constitutional assembly’s first convention to begin creating the world’s first constitution to be drafted by an equal number of women and men. Young progressives, Indigenous people and scientists campaigned successfully on diverse issues including gender, access to natural resources and environmental protection. “Women were invisibilized by the dictatorship,” said Roa, who regularly joined the 2019 and 2020 protests at the epicenter, Plaza Dignidad (Dignity Square), in her neighborhood. Four scientists were elected to the assembly drafting the constitution, from nearly 20 on the ballot. “We will win when the new constitution is accepted,” Roa said.
Is Saumya Roy’s ‘Mountain Tales’ one of the most important books of the year?
Roy shares with us her writing impulses and inspirations—and the implications of telling this story:Why did you want to tell this story? When the waste pickers of Deonar came to take micro loans from us in 2013, I had begun following them back to learn about their businesses and homes, to ensure our loans did not go bad. Writing about the Deonar grounds allowed me to chronicle this community I knew—and through them, us too. In the quietness and space of residencies, the world of Deonar came to me more distilled, almost in slow motion. You’re a journalist, and Mountain Tales is a work of non-fiction.
U.K. Ad Leaders Reflect on How to Bring an End to Harassment
With the renewed conversation in recent days around prevailing sexism and harassment in the ad industry, it can be understandable to feel like nothing has changed—and that there’s little optimism for improvement in the future.
Gain Competitive Advantage by Transcending the Front-Line Paradox
Front-line employees are often the first to sense change yet the last to be heard. Member Free 5 free articles per month, $6.95/article thereafter, free newsletter. sign up Please enter a valid email address Thank you for signing up Privacy PolicyThe Front-Line ParadoxThe situation described above is something I refer to as the front-line paradox: Front-line employees are often the first to sense impending change but the last to be heard within an organization. Pedersen, “Using the Collective Wisdom of Frontline Employees in Strategic Issue Management” (Ph.D. thesis, Copenhagen Business School, 2016). Hallin, “Global Strategic Responsiveness: Exploiting Frontline Information in the Adaptive Multinational Enterprise” (New York: Routledge, 2017).
In defense of offensive speech: Our progress is linked to ideas that once angered many
Free speech advanced equalityThe gauge of “offensive” evolves so drastically and rapidly that we cannot employ it as a reliable measure for appropriate conduct. Yet, many of my peers – and some of my professors – desire to restrict free speech. I challenge those willing to relinquish free speech to ask themselves whether they are comfortable with their political opponents legislating the regulations. The current anti-racism movement must fight against oppression, but it cannot rescind the rights that were intensely fought for, including free speech. It is through intellectual debate, which depends on free speech, that the scope of human rights continues to broaden.
COVID created Helicopter Parents 2.0 and engaged others for the first time. What now?
Family involvement in school worksResearch shows family involvement plays a key role in students' academic achievement. During the pandemic, with their unprecedented access into classrooms, some parents found it impossible not to shift into helicopter mode 2.0. But COVID demonstrated that helicopter parenting is just one form of family engagement. And that may create an even wider gap with affluent parents' involvement. “Family engagement,” Borrello said, “is one of the greatest opportunities to close the achievement gap.”Contact Alia Wong at (202) 507-2256 or awong@usatoday.com.
Deal of the art: White House grapples with ethics of Hunter Biden’s pricey paintings
Hunter Biden’s case is much less far-reaching, but experts said it still must be scrutinized. “None of this gets close to the magnitude of the Trump problem,” Painter said. “But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t do everything they can to not create the appearance that people are buying art just to ingratiate themselves with the Biden family.”
Tracing the Ups and Downs of U.S.-China Relations
China was indeed awakening, though less from “torpor” than from centuries of economic exploitation by Western powers and Japan. In the first half of the 20th century, China was looked upon as a great untapped labor market. As U.S. soldiers faced “battle-hardened veterans of China’s Red army,” Barron’s wrote in July, there was “panic buying” back home of “sugar, coffee, nylons, automobiles, tires, television sets, refrigerators,” and more. Relations reached a nadir during the Trump administration, which accused China of currency manipulation, provocatively referred to the Covid-19 virus as the “Kung Flu,” and began a trade war that continues. Yet the dream of opening the Chinese market to American business hasn’t died.
Court case of 47 Hong Kong democracy activists to resume on Sept 23
By Jessie PangHONG KONG, July 8 (Reuters) - The widely monitored national security case of 47 Hong Kong democracy activists charged with conspiracy to commit subversion, most of whom have been in custody for more than four months, will resume in September, a judge ruled on Thursday. Judge Victor So in the West Kowloon Court ruled the defendants will return to court on Sept. 23 after Thursday's appearance as prosecutors had requested more time to prepare the case. The charges against the activists, many of whom have announced their retirement from politics, are punishable with up to life in prison. They have said prosecutions were independent, based on evidence and had no relation with the background or profession of the arrestees. More than 120 people have been arrested under the security law so far, mostly opposition politicians, democracy activists and students as young as 15.
Column: Thanks to Trump, we have an epidemic of unqualified candidates
That you don’t need to be smart or experienced or level-headed or decent to win an election. You don’t need a rationale or a plan. Matthew McConaughey — yes, the actor — is polling surprisingly well as he mulls a run for for governor of Texas. Outsiders with no political experience have run for president from William Jennings Bryan in 1896 to Wendell Willkie in 1940 to Ross Perot in 1992 and 1996. AdvertisementBut in September 2015, a year before the Trump election, it was at some kind of crazy new high.
Letters to the Editor: The simple reason California is under one-party rule? The GOP is awful
To the editor: Jonah Goldberg complains that California’s single-party rule leaves Republicans with no alternative except a recall. I have an idea for the state GOP: Become an American political party living in the 21st century. The solution for California Republicans is not to complain about Democrats; it’s for them to fix their party. The California GOP doesn’t need recalls or petty grievances; it needs ideas, for a change. The expensive, gratuitous recall campaign against Newsom by the all-but-irrelevant California Republicans should not be without consequences should it fail.
Lowell teens bring best-selling author to city
Wes Moore chatted backstage at Lowell Memorial Auditorium with (from left) Amber Livingston, Michael Roman, April Rom, and Cody Kuenzler, Greater Lowell Technical High School students who arranged his visit. For the first time, Greater Lowell Technical High School, which draws students from Dracut, Lowell, Tyngsborough, and Dunstable, took part in a schoolwide summer reading program. Dracut High School and Lowell High School soon joined the Wes Moore Project, as it came to be known, and students in those schools also read the memoir. Advertisement“I am the Iraqi Wes Moore,” said Rafal Thaher, 18, a senior at Lowell High who fled Iraq with her family nearly three years ago. The other Wes Moore, 36, became a drug dealer.
A harsh harvest: Book chronicles history of Long Island's migrant labor camps
The result is "Long Island Migrant Labor Camps: Dust for Blood," a 208-page nonfiction book released in March by The History Press. But you won’t find a peep about labor camps …"Drawing from his research, Torres’ book outlines the history of the camps. "There were labor camps here on Long Island the same as there were throughout the country," he said in an interview. He is one of eight "better angels" profiled in Mark A. Torres’ book "Long Island Migrant Labor Camps." Effective Jan. 1, 2021, state law requires farm processing operations that provide housing to one or more migrant workers to follow the state sanitary code; previously, the code applied only to facilities housing five or more migrant workers.
Letters: Notable that the reward is for I.D.ing the perpetrator, not the weapon
The perpetrator, not the weaponIt is painful to read about children being hit by stray bullets in Minneapolis. I noticed that the reward pertains to the identification of the perpetrator, but not the weapon. This failure to review timely the appointment of agency heads usurps and politicizes the administrative powers rightly vested in the governor. Paul Farseth, Falcon HeightsThe better conceptIt is both the birthday of the United States and the Chinese Communist Party. While the U.S. has developed to having great individual freedoms; the Chinese Communist Party engages in slavery, mind control and supremacy of one party.
Lopez: Manchin, Sinema right to protect the filibuster
Since reclaiming the Senate majority, most Democrats have been relentless in their pursuit of eliminating the filibuster to pass their sweeping progressive agenda. The push to kill the filibuster stands in stark contrast to how our Senate has operated since our country’s birth. Without the filibuster, every bill would pass without any real debate or input from the minority party. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have decided to make the difficult decision to defend the filibuster even though it obstructs the goals of their own party. Sinema sensibly cited such concerns in a recent statement about her decision to oppose eliminating the filibuster.
The Nikole Hannah-Jones story shows higher education is not devoid of racism
It is understandable why Ms. Hannah-Jones would take her brilliance elsewhere." Most departments at PWIs only have a handful, one or NO tenured Black faculty members. CRT:JCPS scrubbed references to critical race theory as controversy mounted, documents showWhen asked why they don’t have more Black faculty members, you hear the same old tired excuses. Or here’s a good one, “Black faculty are in such high demand that we can’t compete with the exorbitant amount of money other institutions offer them. The Nikole Hannah-Jones story tells us once again that, like America, higher education is not a raceless space.
Yarmuth and Democrats must insist on these investments for the climate and care industry
Now as a mother of two teenagers, I have frequent conversations with my children about environmental degradation and climate change. Three years ago, a report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change declared that the world must cut greenhouse gas emissions in half over the next 10 years to avoid catastrophic climate change, prevent massive human suffering and reduce the risk of economic and ecosystem collapse. Of the six congressional leaders Kentucky sends to D.C., Congressman John Yarmuth is the only one to show his support for reversing the climate crisis. This year as House Budget chairman, Yarmuth is in a strong position to ensure Kentuckians actually feel his support by leading the effort to make bold investments in climate and in the care economy. Yarmuth recently wrote about critical race theory, and it could apply to the public debate over climate change.
South Africa's Zuma hands himself over to police to begin sentence
South Africa's Zuma hands himself over to police to begin sentenceAfter days of drama and suspense before handing himself in, South Africa's Jacob Zuma began a 15-month sentence for contempt on Thursday, after spending his first night in jail.
Derek H. Burney: Senator Woo must atone for defending China's murderous regime
Share this Story: Derek H. Burney: Senator Woo must atone for defending China's murderous regimeDerek H. Burney: Senator Woo must atone for defending China's murderous regime Is the senator working in the best interests of Canada by attempting to whitewash the sins of the Chinese government? Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Try refreshing your browser, or Derek H. Burney: Senator Woo must atone for defending China's murderous regime Back to video Sen. Article content Sen. Article content Whether the detention and brutal re-education treatment of Uyghurs constitutes “genocide” may be debatable, but it is essentially a symbolic label.
A Spelling Quiz, From the Pages of The Times
Here is your chance to compete in a spelling competition — much like the middle school students who will appear on ESPN2 in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night. All 15 words in this competition have appeared in The New York Times recently, and each one is read by a Times reporter or editor. If you want to hear the word’s definition, origin or context, click a button, and the Times journalist will give you the info. Anybody who has watched the National Spelling Bee will recognize the format. The 15 words will get more difficult as you go through them.
Haiti’s President Assassinated in Nighttime Raid, Shaking a Fragile Nation
Under the martial law declaration, the police and security members can enter homes, control traffic and take special security measures and “all general measures that permit the arrest of the assassins” for 15 days. However, it is unclear whether Mr. Joseph has the authority to do this, or even the authority to run the country in the wake of President Moïse’s death. Mr. Moïse’s government did not call elections, even after the terms of the entire lower house expired more than a year ago. Mr. Moïse had been struggling to quell growing public anger over remaining in power. After Mr. Moïse did not leave office in February, when many in the opposition deemed his term over, thousands of Haitians took to the streets in large marches, demanding his resignation.
Summer Travel Post-Covid Has Arrived. Earth Can’t Handle It. - The New York Times
Some people can afford to travel to Europe every year, maybe even several times a year. One cruise company alone, Carnival, was responsible for 10 times as much sulfur oxide as that emitted by the roughly 260 million passenger cars on European roads in 2017, a 2019 analysis found. This week I called Rick Steves, the travel writer and tour operator, to ask about the future of travel on a warming planet. Steves told me that time at home has given him a new perspective on travel — both its liberating psychic possibilities and its heavy costs. That kind of coordination is fostered by the trust and empathy gained by global travel, Steves said.
Opinion | California’s Peculiar Brand of Populism Misses the Point
Ronald Reagan to make sure new public projects passed a minimal environmental review. Those reviews were, originally, short documents, and only for actual public projects. But then the courts decided a public project was any project, public or private, that required government approvals. In other words, CEQA (as it’s known) has perversely become a weapon against projects that would better the environment. There is, in theory, a way to unleash public power without letting it serve the whims of deep-pocketed donors: let the people control government directly.
Why Haiti Still Despairs After $13 Billion in Foreign Aid
The streets of Haiti had been clogged for months with angry protesters who burned tires, stormed banks and robbed stores. Gangs, with the sometimes tacit permission of the police, have been kidnapping nuns, fruit vendors and even schoolgirls for ransom. And then on Wednesday, the country slid deeper into turmoil, when a convoy of gunmen brazenly rumbled up to the home of the president, Jovenel Moïse, in the middle of the night and shot him dead. The country’s morass has for decades put it near the top of a list of nations, such as Afghanistan and Somalia, that have captured the world’s imagination for their levels of despair. In the shadow of the richest country in the world, people wonder: How could this happen to Haiti?
Partisan posts and lewd photos: Judges punished for social media misconduct
Added: 08.07.2021 9:32 | 8 views | 0 commentsAfter a spate of reports of judges using social media in partisan and inappropriate ways, observers say states should revisit their guidelines and give more clarity.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene can't stop making Covid-Nazi comparisons
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., just can’t stopcomparing her political enemies to the Nazis. Greene was recently forced to apologize for suggesting that mask mandates in the U.S. Capitol were similar to the Holocaust. You can’t force people to be part of the human experiment.”The brownshirts, of course, were a Nazi paramilitary organization. Hitler loved to rail against “Jewish-Bolshevism.” He defined Marxism as a Jewish philosophy; Nazis effectively viewed all leftists as Jews and all Jews as leftists. Greene uses Nazi and Holocaust comparisons because she’s irresponsible and tone-deaf, and because she doesn’t feel accountable to Jews at all.
Top lawyer for U.S. cyberwarriors calls for military cyber response to global criminal hackers
But it was significant that Sanger, who has been laboring in the legal trenches of military cyber operations for years, came out publicly and forcefully in favor of hacking the hackers. Military cyber operations against criminal hacking networks appear to have been extremely rare. Last fall, according to people briefed on the matter, Cyber Command took down a huge botnet run by Russian-speaking hackers in the biggest known example of a military cyber operation against criminals. Those kinds of military cyber operations "can absolutely be disruptive" to criminal networks, Brown said, even if they can ultimately restore their operations. "The U.S. military's mission is not to carry out military operations.
Successful, educated, but now destitute—why the problem of senior poverty in America should scare you
Why the problem of senior poverty should scare youIf this doesn’t scare you, it should. And eventually, I truly believe, senior poverty will as well. But the senior poverty problem is far outpacing those brave souls trying to find solutions. Most urgently, awareness has to be raised to help cure senior poverty. Joe Seldner is founder and president of the nonprofit Senior Poverty Prevention Project.
First responders in Surfside, Fla., to transition to recovery in search for victims
During a press conference on Wednesday evening, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced that teams in Surfside will transition to a recovery operation in their search for victims after the condo collapse almost two weeks ago. Video TranscriptDANIELLA LEVINE CAVA: It is with deep, profound sadness that this afternoon, I'm able to share the extremely difficult decision to transition from operation search and rescue to recovery. They've used every possible strategy and every piece of technology available to them to find people in the rubble. At this point, we have truly exhausted every option available to us in the search and rescue mission. So today is about beginning the transition to recovery so that we can help to bring closure to the families who've been suffering and waiting for news.
West Virginia governor announces new general counsel
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As shockwaves spread across the country from the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, corporate America took a stand against the lies that powered the mob. Or so it seemed.
Haiti's future uncertain after brazen slaying of president
Inflation and gang violence are spiraling upward as food and fuel becomes scarcer, while 60% of Haitian workers earn less than $2 a day. The increasingly dire situation comes as Haiti is still trying to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew in 2016 following a history of dictatorship and political upheaval. Those in Haiti and family and friends living abroad wondered what is next. She said it was important for the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden to take a much more active role in supporting attempts at national dialogue in Haiti with the aim of holding free, fair and credible elections. Bastien said she also wants to see participation of the extensive Haitian diaspora: “No more band-aids.
From president to prisoner: Jacob Zuma taken to Estcourt prison after day of high drama
Jacob Zuma surrendered himself to police less than an hour before midnight on Wednesday after a night of high drama during which a phalanx of heavily armed police units was on its way to arrest the former statesman at his home in Nkandla in rural KwaZulu-Natal.
30 to 50 feral hogs, and the power of mockery
Which brings me to 30 to 50 feral hogs. “Legit question for rural Americans — How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?”Let’s take a quick water break here and think about this. Or perhaps you’re wondering just how often McNabb must put down this veritable blur of hogs with a hail of machine-gun fire from the front door. Or perhaps you’re wondering why he didn’t just raise 30 to 50 feral children and settle this the old-fashioned way. (And, in a bid to attempt normalization of giving feral hogs the Rambo treatment, an assortment of colorful videos was shared of various anti-hog missions (also known as “extreme feral hog eradication efforts” from land and air.)
This is not another Klyde Warren, which is why it will work
But before we get to those reasons, we should note this isn’t a $172 million Klyde Warren Park redux. Everybody wants a Klyde Warren. And Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney couldn’t help comparing his city’s proposed performing arts venue, which is really nothing like Klyde Warren, to Dallas’ deck park. Klyde Warren has been a roaring success, both as a park and as a feat of city planning. One element that has been carried over from the Klyde Warren model is the park’s reliance on public-private partnerships.
Texas GOP’s identity problem
That appears to be the rule for survival in Texas GOP politics, too. The entry of former Texas GOP chairman Allen West into the race for governor is the latest indication that the GOP primary contest is rushing headlong toward the embrace of gestures over substance. Illegal immigration is a major problem, due mostly to two decades of bipartisan failures in Washington, but Abbott doesn’t effectively address the problem and Texas isn’t in a position to fix the mess that Washington has left us with. Meanwhile, West, who often used a “storm” metaphor to rebrand the Texas GOP, has come under fire from critics who say the metaphor commonly appears in QAnon conspiracies. Texas can be accused of a lot of things; a communist stooge isn’t one of those.
The War on Drugs Is 50 Years Old
Standing alongside the president on that day when America’s drug war officially began was John Erlichman, White House counsel and Nixon confidante. Three years later, they launched a relentless expansion of the drug war, policing, and prisons. In the 20 years since the drug war took final form under Clinton, politicians have made some relatively inconsequential reforms. So, even 50 years later, this country is still fighting a war on drugs and on nonviolent drug users. In a 2018 plebiscite, Florida voters restored electoral rights to that state’s 1.4 million ex-convicts, including 400,000 African Americans.
Voting rights are being put through the wringer
With his reckless and dubious majority opinion on Arizona’s suppressive voting law, Justice Samuel Alito has thoroughly disgraced himself ( “Supreme Court upholds Ariz. voting restrictions,” Page A2, July 2). AdvertisementAlito’s argument is pure contemporary right-wing sophistry, so increasingly prevalent in this nation, but so beneath the dignity of a Supreme Court justice. Harvey SchmidtGardnerCourt treats voting and religious rights differentlyVoting and religious rights are enshrined in the Constitution. Notwithstanding, the Supreme Court has consistently treated them disparately. However, the court has treated voting rights almost dismissively.
As court’s term ends, inquiring minds turn to Justice Breyer’s retiring mind
Liberals are pressuring Justice Stephen Breyer to retire, despite his remaining fit. Justice Breyer should be praised for devotion to duty. The problem is McConnell, not BreyerIt seems to me that Justice Stephen Breyer is not the concern. He has already declared that he might not allow President Biden to fill a seat, should one vacate. We need clear and lawful guidelines, passed by Congress, to assure at least a semblance of fairness in the seating of the Supreme Court.
When the COVID vaccine became tied up in presidential politics, everyone lost
More recently, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory group reported a “likely association” between the vaccinations and cardiac inflammations in a small number of younger Americans. Such glitches were hardly surprising, given the unprecedented goal of vaccinating more than 300 million Americans in less than a year. Of course, the Democrats are not innocent of taking political advantage of vaccine efforts. The Biden administration built upon those efforts, expanding vaccination sites, convincing vaccine makers to increase production and constantly urging compliance. But the vaccination numbers are lower for younger Americans and in many Southern and mountain states.
Letters to the Editor - Redistricting, freedom, Dallas shootings, Texas leaders, guns
Several states have removed the redistricting process from lawmakers completely, opting for bipartisan independent commissions. Texas legislators, we’re counting on you to conduct a sound and transparent redistricting process. Krangle wants to know if he is the only one who feels that the state of Texas is really the state of Gov. Maybe you might want to contact them regarding a constitutional amendment to allow for referendums in Texas. Kerri Aikin Rosenberg, Far North DallasFalse equivalencyRe: “Can’t blame guns for violence,” by Don Skaggs, Sunday Letters.
Kafer: We need tough love for those living on the streets
In a 2019 study, the Common Sense Institute estimated that Denver spends more than $26,000 per homeless person. Supported by other taxes and fees Denver has created a fund with $150 million over 10 years to support affordable housing. In an intrepid fact-finding mission, Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman spent a week on the street in encampments and shelters. As long as people hand out food and pocket change, there is little incentive for those living on the streets to change. The will to overcome and, equally important, the necessity to overcome helped get them through that tough season.
Teachers union president claims Republicans are 'bullying teachers on honest history'
The head of America's second largest teachers' union has accused Republican politicians of 'bullying' teachers and preventing them from teaching 'honest history' after 26 states make moves to ban lessons on Critical Race Theory. Critical Race Theory (CRT) has become a lightning rod for conservatives. 'Culture warriors are labeling any discussion of race, racism or discrimination as [critical race theory] to try to make it toxic,' she said. The fight over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the last year. Those against critical race theory have argued it reduces people to the categories of 'privileged' or 'oppressed' based on their skin color.
Yale students approve statement denouncing Israeli 'apartheid' and 'ethnic cleansing'
The student council in one of America's most prestigious universities has approved a statement denouncing Israel for "genocide", "ethnic cleansing" and "apartheid" in occupied Palestine. The Yale College Council, the undergraduate student government, approved the statement earlier this week. The statement was adopted a month-and-a-half after an open letter was released on 14 May by a collective of Jewish Yale students demanding accountability for Israel. Over 50 student organisations are said to have endorsed the letter, including the Yale College Democrats, the Yale Women's Centre and the Yale Literary Magazine. Inspired by the success of the anti-apartheid movement against white domination in South Africa, BDS seeks to end Israel's apartheid regime which has installed Jewish domination in Palestine.
Germany's Apology for Genocide in Namibia Is Not Enough - The New York Times
More than a century of German denial has left much of the world unaware of the massacre. Today the sites of former concentration camps, such as those in Swakopmund and Lüderitz, are tourist destinations rather than memorials. Many Nama and Herero live on unproductive soil, barred from the land taken from their ancestors. Though insufficient, and unable to eliminate anti-Semitism, Germany’s efforts provide a baseline model for how to make amends for a historical atrocity. Germany could also integrate the Namibian genocide into its national narrative, through public education and commemoration, and build memorials at the sites of former concentration camps.
Adams' win in NYC latest in surge for moderate Democrats
NEW YORK (AP) — The triumph of a moderate Democrat in the mayoral primary in deep blue New York City appears to accelerate a recent trend of some of the party’s most fervent voters breaking away from its most progressive candidates. Eric Adams, a former New York Police Department captain, this week became his party’s nominee to lead the nation’s largest city after making a centerpiece of his campaign his rejection of left-leaning activists' calls to defund the police. His win comes on the heels of victories by self-styled pragmatic candidates in relatively low-turnout elections — which tend to draw the most loyal base voters — in races for a U.S. House seat in New Mexico, a congressional primary in Louisiana and a gubernatorial primary in Virginia. And those successes come a year after President Joe Biden defeated more liberal opponents to capture his party’s nomination on his way to winning the White House. It all raises questions as to the best candidates and approaches for Democrats trying to hold on to slim majorities in Congress next year and make inroads in Republican-dominated state legislatures.
Kagro in the Morning podcast (AUDIO): Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Mike Pompeo will tell you, lies are much safer than the truth. Matt Walsh knows that the truth is in fact more dangerous than any gun. We all know that’s a lie… but on the other hand, who knows what risk truth carries? Old people understand the truth about the fragility of life and stay safe. Waves come and go, but the more people who are safe, the more people stay safe.
What Do We Mean When We Talk about Human Rights?
These are tragedies that we fuel, facilitate, ignore, without asking ourselves how committed we are as a nation to the imperative of human rights. I come to this awareness when I ask how it is that we condemn Russia’s or China’s or Myanmar’s human rights abuses against their people while continuing to sanction Israel’s human rights abuses against Palestinian people among them. According to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document in the history of human rights, there are two kinds of human right violations: those committed overtly by the state, and those in which the state fails to protect against human rights violations. Just take a look at that list of human rights and then try convincing me that we haven’t violated, and that we don’t continue to violate each and every one of them, all the while claiming that we champion “human rights.”Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr. are often quoted on the issue of human rights, reminding us of our failures to protect these rights. For me, the words of Eleanor Roosevelt resonate most: “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin?” she asked.
CA oil industry has used 1.8 billion gallons of freshwater for drilling operations since Fall 2018
Activists from a multitude of groups in the Last Chance Alliance protested at the State Capitol in February 2020 against the expansion of oil and gas drilling in California. In a new report, Food and Water Research reveals that since Governor Newsom was elected, from Fall 2018 to June 2021, the oil and gas industry used 1,804,566,792 gallons of freshwater, nearly 2 billion gallons, for drilling operations that could otherwise have supplied domestic systems. Here is a link to the report, “Drilling California Dry:An Analysis of Oil and Gas Water Usage Since Newsom Was Elected.”By year, the oil and gas industry used 362,772,984 gallons of water in the fourth quarter of 2018; 694,417,962 gallons in 2019; and 646,682,190 gallons in 2020; and 100,693,792 gallons through June 2021. Oil and gas operators continue to use these hundreds of millions of gallons of freshwater for drilling operations annually as California suffers from a major drought and enters a climate change-fueled wildfire season. “It’s a vicious symbiotic cycle: fracking and drilling contribute to climate change and suck up finite water resources, then drought and wildfires worsen from climate change,” the report stated.
Critical Race Theory opponent, Joy-Ann Reid: founders’ inconvenient truth, GOP say they want chaos
Dr. Tamzin Rosenwasser, an opponent of Critical Race Theory, engaged in a civil discussion. Critical Race Theory opposer speaksPolitics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM CentralVideo Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091Dr. Tamzin Rosenwasser, an opponent of Critical Race Theory, engaged in a civil discussion that proved the debate’s distraction. engaged in a civil discussion that proved the debate’s distraction. Joy-Ann Reid told an inconvenient truth about the founders that the Right believes America is not mature enough to hear. Podcasts: Stitcher | iTunes | Google Podcasts | Player.fm | Spotify | Tune-In | iHeartRadioLive Video: Facebook Live | Youtube Live | Periscope | TwitchMy Books, “NEW!
Climate Crisis: Impacts on the most vulnerable among us
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Africa Region, on Tuesday issued a dire warning about the devastating impacts of climate change on African youth and called for urgent action to address the issues and involve youth in decision making positions. “IFRC is deeply concerned about the disproportionate level of protection risks against children across Africa posed by climate-related disasters. Anticipating need and taking effective action is essential.”Mukhier cited child labour, lower school attendance, childhood marriage, lack of access to clean water and WASH facilities as problems exacerbated by climate change. “The consequences of these are felt today and will continue to undermine children’s protection for years to come,” he said. “We need to invest more in preventative action including anticipatory action with a specific lens on child protection.”
John Ziegler Says Liberals Have 'Finally Destroyed' Major College Sports.
Tesla workers get paid what they get paid because their compensation is set by the free market. They create value for Tesla shareholders. And student-athletes create value for colleges. Ziegler completely whiffs on the meaning of ‘free market’. There is no ‘over’/’under’ anything in a genuinely free market.
Radical Rightwing Majority Decision Negating Voter Rights Proves Need to Reform Supreme Court
“The list — not a test, the majority hastens to assure us, with delusions of modesty — stacks the deck against minority citizens’ voting rights,” Justice Kagan wrote. What this shows is that it is time to reform of the Supreme Court. Supreme Court Justices are not the Pope, and even the Pope is not infallible. And in this instance, he is resurrecting states rights, a throw-back to what the Civil War was fought over (no coincidence). Voting rights are under multi-pronged assault (you might call it a conspiracy), in which the radical right-wing Supreme Court is one agent.
McCarthy masterfully shot himself in the foot on the Jan. 6 select committee
The GOP collapse in support for the bipartisan commission effectively left Pelosi with one viable option going forward: forming a Democratically controlled select committee. And so she did, giving McCarthy an opportunity to select five GOP members to join GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who already accepted Pelosi's invitation for a committee seat. And that has left McCarthy with pretty much no good options. With the help of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, McCarthy made the committee so toxic that roughly zero serious Republicans (a nearly extinct breed) want a seat on the committee. MTG won't be winning back any suburbs for Republicans in 2022, and even someone as daft as McCarthy knows it.
4 suspects in Haiti assassination killed, 2 arrested after president's death, unrest continues.
The Washington Post in an editorial has called for UN intervention in Haiti. The president’s death plunged Haiti deeper into uncertainty. Haiti currently has no parliament, which was dissolved last year, but it does have two prime ministers — one who recently resigned and the other, Dr. Ariel Henry, newly appointed by the president. Initial disinformation on little credible data appears to try to point the cause of the assassination in Haiti in the direction of the failed 2020 invasion of Venezuela. There is an initial claim that the assassins claimed they were DEA agents including an Anglo who spoke “in a southern accent”.
Olbermann Commentary on the July 4th in Philadelphia
—In the six months since his coup attempt, many of us have begun to view Trump in the past tense. This is a fatal mistake. For groups like Patriot Front have been given license by Trump, and have been embolden by Trump. And they will not go away -- until we make them go away.
Senate GOP candidates' election conspiracy palooza dims Republican takeover hopes
Indeed, it doesn't matter whether Republicans are playing offense or defense, whether there's an open seat or a GOP incumbent, Trump’s 2020 election conspiracies are dominating campaigns and defining Republican candidates in the process. Walker has avidly backed Trump's 2020 conspiracies but he isn't exactly known for his political prowess—and that has Peach State Republicans worried. But Ducey’s dreams were dashed by his inability to illegally overturn the 2020 election results in Trump's favor. In Nevada, former Attorney General Adam Laxalt has gone above and beyond to associate himself with Trump’s election fraud lies from the get-go. Democrats on offenseIn North Carolina, Trump upended the GOP field by endorsing Republican Rep. Ted Budd, who voted against certification of the 2020 election results.
Texas governor's agenda for special legislative session is everything wrong with GOP policy
x This @alexazura Reddit AMA is a really good table-setter for the Texas special legislative session, where majority Republicans will again push a raft of new voting restrictions. “These Special Session priority items put the people of Texas first and will keep the Lone Star State on a path to prosperity. Beto O'Rourke, former U.S. House of Representative member representing Texas's 16th congressional district, tweeted in response to the list: “Texas Democrats: Hold the line. Texas Democrats used every tool in the toolbox to block Republicans’ voter suppression bill. CRITICAL RACE THEORY: Legislation similar to House Bill 3979 concerning critical race theory as originally passed by the Texas Senate in the 87th Legislature, Regular Session.
News roundup: Hitler, Hitler, obstruction, hate, and terrorist-loving Republicans
In the news today: Shocking absolutely no one, Donald Trump reportedly had high praise for Adolf Hitler. And speaking of Hitler, Majorie Taylor-Greene compares COVID-19 prevention to the Holocaust. Republicans continue to admit that their only goal on infrastructure is to delay and destroy any chance of a deal. Ohio’s Republican governor says it’ll be easy for LGBTQ people to get other health coverage after he screws them over in his budget. Crazed White-wing Mom claims CRT will make 'Antifa Kids' attack her children
Out of Afghanistan and the Most Convenient Lie
Hence, today, these things must be done to protect us from al Qaeda. We must be soooo careful when leaving Afghanistan because al Qaeda might return. Al Qaeda was not in Afghanistan when we used that universal justification to invade, occupy and depose the Taliban. Anyway, al Qaeda, the universal justification, is not a meaningful concern to justify slowing our departure from Afghanistan. Clearly, 'al Qaeda' is a blessing for some--profoundly sick.
Randi Weingarten: The Right's War on Education Is Reaching Dystopian Levels.
"AFT president Randi Weingarten is vowing to protect members targeted for “teaching honest history” amid GOP efforts to restrict how race and racism is taught and as Fox host Tucker Carlson calls for cameras in the classroom. The head of the country’s second largest teachers’ union ripped conservatives on Tuesday, calling the right’s ongoing panic about critical race theory a flagrant attempt “to stop us from teaching students accurate history” and pledging to take legal action to protect teachers impacted by such efforts. “Culture warriors are labeling any discussion of race, racism or discrimination as [critical race theory] to try to make it toxic,” American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten said in a virtual speech to union members, according to the Washington Post."
Haiti under state of siege after president’s assassination
Haiti’s interim prime minister Claude Joseph declared a state of siege throughout the impoverished Caribbean country Wednesday after the early morning assassination of de facto President Jovenel Moïse. Witnesses reported that drones were seen flying above the home of the Haitian president during the raid and also heard the sound of a grenade. The only road leading to and from it is routinely guarded by Haitian security forces. The normally crowded streets of Port-au-Prince were deserted Wednesday as the population waited with dread for a response to the assassination. The United Nations Security Council has scheduled a meeting on the situation in Haiti for today.
U.K. demands consequences for alleged Xinjiang abuses
In a report following a monthslong inquiry, Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee recommended exploring the feasibility of an International Criminal Court probe into the alleged crimes against Uyghur Muslims and others in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang. Tibetan and Uyghur activists protest against the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Beijing has denied all allegations of abuses and has insisted its policies in Xinjiang are necessary to counter violent extremism. The committee wants ministers and dignitaries to skip the opening and closing ceremonies, discourage British businesses from sponsoring or advertising at the event, and encourage fans and tourists to stay away. Last month it also banned imports of solar panel materials from a Chinese company and placed restrictions on four others for alleged use of forced labor in Xinjiang.
Zuma: South Africa's charismatic, yet divisive ex-president
Charismatic and jovial, South Africa's ex-president Jacob Zuma was ousted by his own ANC party over accusations of corruptionAdvertising Read moreJohannesburg (AFP)South Africa's ex-president Jacob Zuma, once jailed for fighting the apartheid regime, is returning to prison, this time for contempt after handing himself in to authorities. Charismatic and jovial, he fell from grace before the end of his second term in 2018, ousted by his own ANC party over accusations of corruption. Zuma - whose middle name Gedleyihlekisa means "one who laughs while grinding his enemies" - started off as a herdboy and rose to become South Africa's fourth president. He also faces 16 charges of fraud, graft and racketeering relating to a 1999 purchase of weapons and gear from European arms firms when he was deputy president. In 1999, he was elected deputy president.
The Editorial Board: Cuomo treats gun violence seriously while Republicans offer only distraction
Against this backdrop, Republican legislators complain, unpersuasively, that Cuomo is responding to problems that bear his own fingerprints. He presumably includes the state’s bail reform law in that less-than-insightful analysis, so it’s interesting to note that Erie County Republicans have expressed satisfaction with the performance of District Attorney John Flynn, who instituted his own version of bail reform before the state ever acted on it. One is that Republicans don’t like Cuomo acting on an issue they hoped to capitalize on. What are Republicans proposing to do for communities that are especially threatened by gun violence? All they can come up with is the canard about government action by state Democrats.
Republicans preview months ahead filled with obstruction and extremism
(CNN) House Republicans are done pretending and aren't even trying to disguise their identity as the party of extremism, conservative media stunts and obstruction. And the California Republican is amplifying claims by Fox host Tucker Carlson that he's being spied on by government eavesdroppers. The impression was already fostered by House Republicans' efforts to shield the ex-President and rewrite history over the mob assault on Congress by his supporters. But the GOPs radicalism might also embolden progressives who think him naive to try to work with Republicans. Still, it's possible that some Republicans could peel off , even in the House, and back the infrastructure stand-alone package.
Sen. Kennedy pushes key to US global leadership: ‘America needs to vaccinate the world’
Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., suggested Wednesday on "Hannity" that President Biden’s ability to assert dominance over global powers has been more than questionable but the key to making friends would be to send COVID-19 vaccinations around the world. We need, America needs, to vaccinate the world. I can tell you with respect to China, it's also true with Iran and Russia, weakness invites the wolves. If he wants to get President Xi’s attention in China, President Biden should do two things immediately. And we need to speak loudly and clearly and tell the European Union we expect their help.
Myanmar mountain camp where rebels train to fight the junta
Camp Victoria, Myanmar (CNN) Full-throated they belt out songs of victory, their boots adding the drumbeat as ranks of new recruits jog in formation through their jungle training camp. Chin National Army fighters are seen at their base. And for the new graduates from the jungle training camp, there may be a bitter end to the romantic vision of a fight for freedom. He's been ordered by his superiors in the Chinland Defence Force back to Camp Victoria for a break after this blooding. "I am really afraid of the Myanmar military because they're very nasty and they are ?a brutal military.
The Senate could consider a bipartisan infrastructure bill as early as July 19
With a 50-50 Senate and a very narrow margin in the House, every Democratic member of Congress has leverage in infrastructure negotiations. Dionne, opinion columnist for the Washington Post, says “In this process, everybody is Joe Manchin.”
Wakefield teen bags a victory in fight against plastic waste
“My goal is to pass a bylaw that bans the use of single-use thin-film plastic bags because of the threat they pose to our earth and to animals,” she stated. To amend the town’s general bylaws, an article must be presented to Town Meeting for approval. Plastic bags used to hold dry cleaning, newspapers, produce, and other similar merchandise — typically without handles — would continue to be allowed. “I think small businesses should have been exempted until it becomes statewide,” she said. We’ll run out of the plastic bags we have and switch.”Caitlin’s mother, Kathleen, said, “Honestly, I didn’t think it would go very far.
'This isn't the first time I've walked through hell': The political comeback and fall of Larry Householder
"As I have said before, this isn't the first time I've walked through hell," Householder said this week, while pleading his case to his fellow lawmakers. During his first turn as House speaker, Householder pushed through legislation banning gay marriage, adopting a concealed weapons permit and changing how much plaintiffs can collect in tort lawsuits. Mike DeWine to new House Speaker Bob Cupp called on Householder to resign from his seat. Ultimately, lawmakers in the Ohio House voted 75-21 to remove Householder from the House. In the end, Householder's spectacular political rise ended in a familiar place: a spectacular political fall.
Opinion: Trump and Greene invite a horrific history to repeat itself
According to Kelly, Trump interrupted a discussion of Nazi atrocities to say, "Well, Hitler did a lot of good things." Bender describes Kelly giving the former president a rapid history lesson and, per The Guardian's reporting , an "undeterred" Trump noting Germany's economic gains under Hitler. President Trump never said this. During the 2016 election, when Barack Obama was president, Trump said Putin has "been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader." What's most alarming is the possibility that this could be just what Trump, Greene and others want.
Jacob Zuma, Former South African President, Is Arrested
NKANDLA, South Africa — Jacob Zuma, the former president of South Africa, was taken into custody on Wednesday to begin serving a 15-month prison sentence, capping a stunning downfall for a once-lauded freedom fighter who battled the apartheid regime alongside Nelson Mandela. Under Mr. Zuma, who was forced to step down, the extent of crony corruption within the governing African National Congress Party became clear, turning a once heralded liberation movement into a vehicle of self-enrichment for many officials. The corruption led to the gutting of the nation’s tax agency, sweetheart business contracts and rivals gunned down in a scramble for wealth and power. Mr. Zuma, 79, voluntarily surrendered on Wednesday, 40 minutes before a midnight deadline for the police to hand him over to prison officials. He was driven out of his compound in a long convoy of cars and taken to the Estcourt Correctional Center, the corrections department said.
Biden Weighs a Response to Ransomware Attacks
But so far those steps have proved insufficient to deter further attacks. The question for the White House now is whether REvil’s recent attacks come close enough to the red line set by Mr. Biden in Geneva that he cannot let the moment pass, even if the damage to American interests was limited. “We can’t set a red line and just not do anything about it when we’re breached continuously,” he said. The United States may possess what Mr. Biden calls “significant cybercapability” — made clear more than a decade ago when, as vice president, he participated in the meetings on the Stuxnet cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear centrifuges. In recent days, however, a growing number of experts have argued that the United States is now facing such a barrage of attacks that it needs to strike back more forcefully, even if it cannot control the response.
Why aren’t America’s classrooms fitted with cameras? Matt Walsh weighs in
"The Matt Walsh Show" host Matt Walsh joined "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Wednesday and agreed that having an inside look, and even video surveillance into classrooms, would be positive for the future of America. "It makes total sense that, obviously, we should want to know what our kids are being taught," he said. "Teachers as government employees, in their capacity as government employees working with kids, they shouldn’t get privacy or free speech," he said. Walsh reiterated that regardless of what goes on behind closed classroom doors, it is the business of the public. "And if you can think of something that could happen like that, it shouldn’t be happening in the classroom to begin with."
Global Covid deaths hit 4 million
Even then, it is widely believed to be an undercount because of overlooked cases or deliberate concealment. With the advent of the vaccine, deaths per day have plummeted to around 7,900, after topping out at over 18,000 a day in January. Other countries have reimposed preventive measures, and authorities are rushing to step up the campaign to dispense shots. The U.S. and other wealthy countries have agreed to share at least 1 billion doses with struggling countries. The variants, uneven access to vaccines and the relaxation of precautions in wealthier countries are “a toxic combination that is very dangerous,” warned Ann Lindstrand, a top immunization official at the World Health Organization.
Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 4 million amid rush to vaccinate
The global death toll from COVID-19 eclipsed 4 million Wednesday as the crisis increasingly becomes a race between the vaccine and the highly contagious delta variant. The toll is three times the number of people killed in traffic accidents around the globe every year. Other countries have reimposed preventive measures, and authorities are rushing to step up the campaign to dispense shots. The U.S. and other wealthy countries have agreed to share at least 1 billion doses with struggling countries. Instead of treating the crisis as a “me-and-myself-and-my-country” problem, she said, “we need to get serious that this is a worldwide problem that needs worldwide solutions.”
Why the CHP doesn’t want truck passing lanes on Highway 17: Roadshow
Q: Why doesn’t Highway 17 have truck passing lanes like there are on Kirker Pass Road in the East Bay? Frank Hessler, AptosA: About 20 years ago, the Safe on 17 group recommended a northbound truck passing lane before Summit Road. There has been no push since then to resurrect the idea of truck-only lanes on 17. But parents of today’s teens are mostly in their 40s, meaning they’re also victims of California’s “system” of no professional training, and dangerously bad drivers. Safety officials warn that if parents are bad drivers, their kids are more likely to be bad drivers.
Pace of California wildfires ahead of deadly 2020
The number of wildfires and amount of land burned in parched California so far this year greatly exceed totals for the same period in disastrous 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The number of wildfires and amount of land burned in parched California so far this year greatly exceed totals for the same period in disastrous 2020. Between Jan. 1 and July 4 there were 4,599 fires that scorched 114.8 square miles, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. By the end of 2020, a total of 9,917 wildfires had charred a record 6,653 square miles and damaged or destroyed 10,488 structures. After a dry winter and early heat waves, the landscape is covered in extremely dry vegetation.
In Virginia, workforce barriers keep refugees out of the health care field - even with decades of experience
The separation of families — whether it be through work, living in separate countries or at the U.S.-Mexico border — is a significant stressor, León-Pérez said. ***For Al Barzanji, the daily phone calls are the closest option she has to bridge the 6,000-mile divide standing between her husband and their five children in Harrisonburg. Over the past five years, the conversations clung to hope that the pain in being apart will soon be worth it. “Fera, do you think we did the right thing?” her husband asks. I will go to work — factory work — for six months until you’re able to work here again.”
Opinion : Eric Adams inherits a city in trouble. Here’s how he can save New York.
Adams’s most urgent challenge is the dramatic deterioration in public safety. An overwhelming majority of New Yorkers, regardless of color, class, or partisan affiliation, favor maintaining or increasing the police presence in their own neighborhoods. And for good reason: Rigorous academic studies find that greater police presence reduces crime. Outreach to improve the relationship between police and minority communities is also a must. If New York doesn’t get crime under control, decline is inevitable.
Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming?
A fourth stimulus check would provide more government assistance. They seem to have worked to a large degree, leading to differing opinions on whether another stimulus check is necessary. In theory, the new version could include a fourth stimulus check, even though the original version did not. The American Families Plan is a more likely home for a fourth stimulus check than the American Jobs Plan. While a fourth stimulus check is improbable, more direct payments to Americans have already been signed into law.
Joe Biden’s Russian Cyber Dilemma
In response to numerous Russian cyberattacks on the United States in the lead-up to the Geneva summit, Biden laid down clear redlines. He told Russian president Vladimir Putin if Russian cyberattacks were to continue in sixteen areas, there would be a strong U.S. response. It has also warned U.S. firms to bolster cyber defenses, tightened cyber defense regulations, recaptured ransom Bitcoin payments, and set up a DOJ/FBI Cyber Taskforce. The United States should mount calibrated offensive operations to punish, but more importantly to deter Moscow from further cyber action. The United States must avoid being too narrow in its cyber offensive threats, from this point forward.
Opinion : If Biden wants to convince the vaccine hesitant, give Trump credit for the vaccines
But instead of giving Trump credit for this accomplishment, Biden has tried to play down Trump’s role, falsely declaring that “my predecessor — as my mother would say, ‘God love him’ — failed to order enough vaccines.” Indeed, Biden has tried to take credit not only for vaccine distribution but also vaccine development, noting in a recent speech that “the science was done under Democratic and Republican administrations.” This is childish. Operation Warp Speed gave us the vaccines. Trump led it. Acknowledging this fact does not require Biden to gloss over what he considers Trump’s other manifold failures in office or his terrible behavior after the election. Biden is the one who promised to usher in a new era of bipartisanship, so why can’t he admit his Republican predecessor’s role in delivering the vaccines that are saving us?
'The final straw': Some Catholic Canadians renounce church as residential school outrage grows
EDMONTON -- Outrage directed at the Catholic Church for its role in Canada’s residential school system continues, with more churches allegedly set ablaze and faithful followers questioning their loyalty to the institution. This is sin, of the most mortal kind.”“You can’t be part of an organization for your whole life and not care about it,” Hardaker told CTV National News. A growing number of Canadians are distancing themselves from the Catholic Church, which administrated an estimated 70 per cent of Canada's residential schools. They’re trying to figure out how could an institution which is supposed to represent peace, healing, forgiveness and love be involved in such atrocities,” Bechard told CTV National News. “I think the church has a long way to go,” she said when asked if the Church could regain her trust.
Opinion | Joe Biden’s Afghan Withdrawal Folly
The Afghan war has, of course, stretched on for two decades and become a holding action satisfying to no one. Then-President Donald Trump’s foolhardy cease-fire deal with the Taliban in February 2020 set the predicate for Biden’s withdrawal. A gate is seen at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, Friday, June 25, 2021. The U.S. will continue to provide “over the horizon” support, i.e., from a distance, for the Afghan government. The contractors who have worked with the Afghan Air Force to maintain its planes are leaving, too, potentially stripping Afghan forces of air support.
Hungary might be a bellwether for the future of authoritarian populism
Viktor Orban. Omar Marques/Getty Images"For the first time in years," there's "real evidence" that authoritarian populism may be on the decline globally, Yascha Mounk writes in The Atlantic. Hungary, might be the "most interesting case," according to Mounk, and the central European nation's parliamentary election next year could provide a glimpse into what the future of the global authoritarian populist movement will look like. Over the years, Mounk writes, Orban has chipped away at those institutions and gained control over Hungary's press, judiciary, and electoral commission — but now "the opposition is finally getting its act together." You may also likeBritain is going to try to 'live with' COVID.
After the assassination of Haiti’s president, it’s unclear who will lead the country
Even in a country with a grim history of coups, dictatorships and foreign interventions, Haiti’s political turmoil over the last several months stood out for its violence and volatility. The president, Jovenel Moise, had been ruling by decree despite a legal consensus that his term had expired — triggering widespread pro-democracy protests. As Haitians huddled inside their homes Wednesday and the country’s interim prime minister declared 15 days of martial law, urgent questions swirled about who killed Moise and why. Then there’s the fact that just two days before he was killed, Moise had announced the appointment of a new prime minister — a relatively unknown neurosurgeon named Ariel Henry. Moise reconstituted the army at the start of his term but it has struggled to gain international training and recognition.
Biden visits Illinois to push his American Families Plan
In a visit of a little over three hours, Biden waded into far northwest suburban “Trump Country” — an area won by his Republican predecessor but represented by Democrats in Congress. The president promoted Pell Grants and pre-school, met with local college students, was greeted by friendly Democrats and razzed by Republican demonstrators. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth and U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood — were also on hand to greet Biden at McHenry County College, the community college where the president promoted his American Families Plan. Demonstrators waved flags bearing those words, as well as “Trump Country” and “Make America Proud Again” to cheers and honks from onlookers and passersby. On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Biden and his fellow Democrats are in for “a hell of a fight” over the passage of the plan.
Families, rescuers hold vigil near collapsed building
SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Family members and rescue workers held a vigil Wednesday night near the site of a collapsed Florida condo building shortly after officials announced that they had given up hope of finding any survivors. Earlier Wednesday, officials informed the families of victims and the public that they had exhausted every option available in the search-and-rescue mission and were transitioning to a victim recovery effort. Rescue workers, their helmets held to their hearts and their boots coated in dust, joined local officials, rabbis and chaplains in a moment of silence beside the rubble. Afterward, the rabbis and chaplains walked down the line of officials, many of whom were sobbing, and one by one hugged them. The officials then walked slowly past a tall fence where families and well wishers had placed photos of the victims, posters of support and flowers.
How girls in patriarchal China rose to outperform the boys in school
Gu Xiaorong+ FOLLOWGu Xiaorong is a research associate with Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. She is a sociologist of childhood and youth with a focus on contemporary China. With academic trainings in both American literature and sociology, she writes widely about issues confronting young populations, especially those in vulnerable situations, with a sensibility to integrate the big picture with a human touch.
Jacob Zuma: South Africa's former president hands himself over to police
Now, he has been arrested for being contemptuous of South Africa's most senior judges - the guardians of the democracy he fought for - as he tried to evade accountability over the deluge of corruption allegations he faced during his presidency.
Opinion | Thaddeus Stevens and the Original Dreamers
Millions of people are in the country through no fault of their own. They are in America but are not citizens of America. Black people were the United States’ original Dreamers. (In all candor, Congress required these Southern states to ratify it as a condition of regaining representation. Among other things, the amendment stated forthrightly, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”
Opinion | Biden Must Get Tough on Carmakers to Slow Climate Change
But once Mr. Trump took office, automakers immediately sought a rollback. In March of last year, Mr. Trump gutted the Obama standard to an annual gain in fuel efficiency of a mere 1.5 percent — essentially zero when loopholes are factored in. Many climate scientists warn that vehicles must be nearly emissions-free by 2050 to avoid climate catastrophe. Officials in China, for example, are aiming for a new-car market made up of 40 percent electric vehicles by 2030. It’s time, as the president says, to “go big.”Daniel F. Becker directs the Safe Climate Transport Campaign at the Center for Biological Diversity.
Opinion | Let’s Make Google a Public Good
Once a court declares Google a public utility, the marketplace itself would provide the guard rails. The duty for a public utility to operate in the public interest dates back to English common law, when key economic players such as ferry operators had to fulfill certain obligations to the public. But the common law regarding public utilities remains in many places — including Ohio. Statutory regulation will produce different results from the common law because while codification requires detailed regulations addressing all issues upfront, the common law allows for nuanced lawmaking tailored to each specific dispute. But Google can geo-fence Ohio if it chooses (and the other states that will most likely follow Ohio’s lead).
Opinion | Pondering Presidents — Who Got ‘Polked’?
What is it about making a list of Worst Presidents that’s so much more fun than debating who’s the best? The clear answer right now is that it gives us a chance to argue about whether Donald Trump goes at the very end. Of course, Abraham Lincoln came in first. Then it’s Franklin Roosevelt (depends on how much you like the federal government) and Theodore Roosevelt (depends on how much you like imperialism). (Yeah, yeah, I know, Declaration of Independence.)
Millions of Syrian civilians at grave risk if U.S., Russia fail to strike deal on U.N. aid deliveries
As it did twice last year, when its veto brought the number of crossings down to two, then one, Russia has argued that insisting that aid come across the border from Turkey is a violation of Syrian sovereignty and little more than assistance to terrorists interspersed among the millions of displaced Syrians in Idlib. Instead, it wants all international aid to travel through the Assad government.
Anti-apartheid veteran Zuma casts shadow over South Africa
At 79, Zuma, an anti-apartheid veteran and Zulu traditionalist, still commands a loyal following in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal and among some disaffected members of the ANC. The charges were reinstated in March 2018, a month after the end of a presidency marked by corruption allegations and sovereign credit rating downgrades. “It’s us who got South Africa into this mess by electing Zuma to be president,” said former ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu. Ronnie Kasrils, a former intelligence minister and anti-apartheid veteran who spent years in the ANC underground, said Zuma was not the simple man he portrayed himself to be. “The politics of patronage sustained Zuma,” said Bantu Holomisa, an opposition leader and former ANC member.
Going undercover to infiltrate Chinese-American far-right networks
Many are propelled to the right-wing political sphere by their opposition to affirmative action, a policy that aims to reduce inequality in education and employment, but is seen by some Chinese-Americans as damaging to the educational opportunities of their children and grandchildren.
Eric Adams has the ingredients of a great NYC mayor: Here’s his best game plan
Here’s a game plan for making it happen, from a City Council veteran. New York City post-COVID-19 will have half a million fewer jobs than it did before the pandemic. But more is needed to realize Adams’ vision of restoring New York as a global capital. He must streamline the city agencies and lead the City Council to ensure that his vision is accomplished. Andrew Stein is a former president of the City Council.
Behind Ben Rhodes’ rage and other commentary
Trump vet: Behind Ben Rhodes’ RageFor evidence of “the left’s propensity to vilify” the right, you “could hardly do better” than Obama aide Ben Rhodes’ new book, “After the Fall,” snarks Trump official Peter Berkowitz at The Washington Free Beacon. The work proves Rhodes is “an imperious partisan ideologue” uninterested in the views of “a substantial portion of his fellow citizens,” as he preposterously rejects “the possibility that progressive overreach” contributed to President Donald Trump’s election and blames “racism” for opposition to President Barack Obama’s policies. Rhodes seems to count on readers who “know nothing.” And his rage only corroborates the view that progressive elites “foment acrimony” and “sow disorder.”From the left: Blame the Culture War on LiberalsLiberals, not conservatives, are responsible for the culture wars, argues Kevin Drum at Jabberwocking. Of course, “it remains to be seen whether Adams” has the Rudy Giuliani-level courage “to exchange short-term unpopularity for long-term improvement in the city’s streets.” Yet Adams’ victory signals that rank-and-file Dems are reckoning with the grim results of anti-police ideological hysteria. “The Democratic Party’s conventional wisdom on ‘defunding the police’ has switched so intensely, so quickly, that Biden advisers are implausibly claiming Republicans are the ones trying to ‘defund the police’ because they voted against a past Democratic spending bill.”— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board
Cuomo’s gun-violence emergency slush fund is all about saving… Cuomo
Andrew Cuomo would be wary of declaring emergencies — can you say nursing homes, boys and girls? As is usually the case with Cuomo, there is more to his histrionics than is obvious. These, ahem, root causes of gun violence in New York go unmentioned in Cuomo’s florid declaration of emergency: just paragraph after paragraph hanging it all on insufficient social spending. Among those present were Assemblywomen Karen McMahon and Monica Wallace, each from Erie County, each a partisan of hometown infrastructure spending — and each a member of the Assembly Judiciary Committee. Those are the emergencies that matter most because what matters most to Andrew Cuomo is, and always will be, Andrew Cuomo.
Opinion : The assassination of its president puts Haiti at risk of anarchy. The U.N. must intervene.
His death is likely to trigger a power vacuum that would only accelerate the spiral of mayhem in the absence of almost any current elected office-holders with a claim to political legitimacy. Even Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, himself in office just three months, was about to be replaced by an obscure neurosurgeon nominated by Mr. Moïse the day before he was killed. Simply put, there is no one with any real authority in position to run the country. And Mr. Joseph’s assertion on Wednesday that order will be maintained by Haiti’s police and army, who have proved impotent or complicit in the face of growing disorder, is anything but reassuring.
Opinion : Sha’Carri Richardson was punished for her humanity. But it only makes her more impressive.
Richardson’s trip across the Olympic stage has been meteoric, and not just because of the way her orange hair streamed behind her on the track. Her trajectory was brilliant, and over too soon for reasons that strike many observers as profoundly unfair. Unlike Lance Armstrong and Barry Bonds, who relied on performance-enhancing drugs to dominate their sports, Richardson used marijuana for relief from what she described as “emotional panic” following her biological mother’s death. Richardson wasn’t making a false claim to excellence: She made the sort of decision any 21-year-old might have made in painful, high-pressure circumstances.
Biden shifts to pitching his American Families Plan, emphasizing Democratic priorities
If we do not fight for our communities and put them in the center of the work we do — if we continue to prioritize the myth of 'bipartisanship’ over the people we were elected to fight for and represent in Washington — we will lose elections,” Bowman said in the email. “If we want to maintain control and the opportunity to do great work beyond 2022, Democrats need to deliver in this very moment. … My priorities are with getting communities like mine back on our feet — not with compromising with Republicans.”
Kudlow: Climate change extremism will do this great country of ours enormous harm
Fox Business host Larry Kudlow slammed President Biden and the Democrats' green agenda, claiming they are putting Russia ahead of America on "Kudlow." LARRY KUDLOW: A couple of months ago, when I was merely quoting some crazy people at a University of Michigan think tank who argued that the Green New Deal to truly beat climate change would have to ban poultry, fish, and meat – remember that? The left-wing blogosphere went nuts and was pounding me because they said Biden has never proposed a ban on poultry, fish, and meat. Well I never said he did, but his followers are sure thinking about it, aren't they? Now, I'd be ok with all of that religious ideology, after all, everyone's entitled to their own opinions, if not for the fact that their extremism will do this great country of ours enormous harm if we let them.
Solving the mystery of the twig-stuffed mailbox
I opened the black metal door to the mailbox and reached in as I yawned, without looking where I put my hand. The next morning, I looked in the mailbox before I put my hand in, just in case. I dug into our mailbox and got those weeds and twigs out of there pronto, like a dog digging for a really tasty bone he had hidden for emergencies. “You gotta see this!’’I put on a sweater and followed him down the driveway to the mailbox. AdvertisementAs we stood there, the bird flew out of the mailbox somehow and went searching for more stuff to make a nest.
Court decision allows Canton school to continue using electric shocks on residents with intellectual disabilities
The Rotenberg center continued administering shocks to about 55 of its 300 residents throughout the pandemic, under a stay of the FDA’s 2020 ban, he said. The 2-1 decision issued Tuesday allows the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center to continue using the controversial devices on residents. The center is now the sole facility in the country that uses electric shocks to modify behavior in patients with disabilities, according to court records. The Rotenberg center says shocks only are administered with approval from the patient’s family and a local judge. “The FDA must reissue a ban on all devices used to inflict painful electric shock on others.”(The center said half of the patients receiving shocks are white.)
Letters: Gun violence | Future pandemics | Help for Congress | Lauding Lofgren | Cash vs. team | Stabilizing poverty
Accountability, not guntax will lower violenceIn regards to the recent unanimous passing of San Jose’s new gun ordinance proposals (“San Jose might mandate gun insurance,” Page B1, July 2), I would like to understand how they will stop future gun violence. However, the solution is not to rely on Big Tech leaders to pick up the slack for Congress’ tech illiteracy. Dave ScholzSunnyvaleLowering poverty willstabilize AfghanistanIn order to create a stable/peaceful climate, we need to eliminate extreme poverty. If our goal is to live in a terror-free world, we need to reconsider our methods. We need to end the cycle of poverty and violence and cut it off where it starts: the future generations.
Letters: Full reopening | Fighting fireworks | Redirecting money | Time to act | Ill-fitting label | Global poverty
Read more Letters to the Editor. Fireworks fiasco showsneed for services’ returnThe BART-A’s transportation “fiasco” (Re. “BART, fireworks fiasco in the offing weeks ago,” Page C1, July 3) is another example of government and corporate excuses for not restoring systems to pre-pandemic levels. Robert WentenOaklandMore enforcement cancalm illegal fireworksOnline I read that the government of China has placed strict bans on fireworks because of health and environmental damage. The budget actually increases funding for the police by $9 million to $674 million dollars, rather than the alternative of increasing by $25.8 million to $690.8 million.
Recall effort of state GOP leader over not walking out fails
SALEM — A push by gun rights supporters to recall one of Oregon’s top Republicans has come up short. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports as of the 5 p.m. deadline Tuesday, a campaign to recall Senate Republican Leader Fred Girod had not turned in any signatures, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. The effort would have required 8,922 valid signatures from voters in Girod’s district to force a recall election. The recall campaign emerged in April after Girod and five other Senate Republicans took to the chamber floor to forcefully oppose a gun control bill. In recent years, recall petitions against two state legislators — former Democratic state Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell of Astoria and Republican state Sen. Chuck Thomsen of Hood River — have also failed.
Former South African president Jacob Zuma turns himself over to police to begin serving a 15-month prison term
The judicial inquiry into corruption during his term as president has heard damning testimony from former Cabinet ministers and top executives of state-owned corporations that Zuma allowed his associates, members of the Gupta family, to influence his Cabinet appointments and lucrative contracts. Zuma refused to comply with a court order to appear before the commission, which led the Constitutional Court to convict him of contempt and sentence him to prison.
Letter to the Editor, July 8, 2021: Use budget surplus to rectify problems
Use budget surplusto rectify problemsThis year's $2 billion surplus in Virginia's general fund does not mean we should reduce taxes. It means we are not spending enough to provide internet access to every schoolchild in rural Virginia, to bring all of our state highways and bridges to safety standards, to rebuild or upgrade all substandard K-12 public schools, and to provide adequate mental health facilities and services to reduce gun violence, suicides and the prevention and treatment of addiction. There are many other needs but these are a good start. If we want to reduce taxes, let's eliminate our 2% and 3% state income tax on anyone with earned income less than $5,000 above the $4,500 exemption.
Black students, faculty: UNC needs self-examination on race
"We must support and value every member of our community, and particularly our Black students, faculty and staff who, by sharing their experiences, have helped us understand their anger and frustration with this process and their experiences on our campus,” he said. But Black faculty and students say promises without action will not be enough. The Carolina Black Caucus has previously said that a growing number of its members are thinking about leaving the university after recent events. The delay in the vote on offering tenure to Hannah-Jones, along with the perception that the university allowed political interests to override the faculty vote that largely supported granting her tenure, has resonated far beyond Chapel Hill. William “Brit” Kirwan, chancellor emeritus of the University System of Maryland and a consultant for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, said the perception that Hannah-Jones' tenure vote was delayed by outside political forces touched the “third-rail of serious academic institutions.”
Just had an interview? Here’s the right way to follow up after
advertisement advertisementImagine you just crushed a job interview for a position you’re really excited about. advertisementadvertisementAfter your interview, the best way to leave a lasting is just by saying thank you. Here’s what you need to do: Pick a format Lots of people swear by the power of a physical card mailed to the interviewer. If you want to go above and beyond with your gratitude, send a physical thank you to the office. Since the postal system is a tad bit slower than the internet, make sure to send the email first.
These are the personality traits you need to lead with trust
My job is to make the difficult decisions.”advertisementadvertisementAnd because leaders have the responsibility of making those difficult decisions, leaders earn trust differently than organizations. First, there is “originating consent” where a leader first earns the trust of followers by acquiring power legitimately. In the first stage of trust, originating consent, followers want to know that leaders acquired their role through the right process, fairly carried out. It’s a status that is always being reassessed through joining consent; that is, trust needs to be earned over and over. Let’s start with Keltner’s description of the behaviors that lead others to trust you with a position of power.
Ex-Google HR chief: Why returning to the office could be a ‘recipe for disaster’
advertisement advertisementAs businesses start to reopen their offices, many are planning for a hybrid model that will see more employees working remotely all or part of the time. This is a recipe for disaster, and it’s critical that senior leaders, managers, and HR teams build a plan to address the vulnerabilities in their teams. Here are five steps that senior leaders, managers, and HR teams should carefully consider before returning to the hybrid office. This will not only make the return to work a smooth one but also strengthen your business in the long run. But you need to be making plans for this now; doing so the week after you return to the office is too late.
Brands: You Don’t Know Who Your Customers Are—and It Shows
The nation feels so close to recovery. With each passing day, the events of 2020 feel more distant. As the nation reckoned with political disconnect, racial tension, economic plight and a global pandemic, brands wrestled with how to stay relevant.
Who Gets Caught in Online Echo Chambers?
If you’re on social media, you’re probably experiencing an online echo chamber. While it’s commonplace to connect with like-minded people in social settings, echo chambers are exacerbated as more social interactions shift online. Many businesses conduct marketing activities and develop their brands in online environments that highly manage the content that users encounter. We created a simple online environment for content exploration that broke down search into two dimensions — content topic and content popularity. This article is based on the authors’ research project “Content Exploration, Choice and Echo Chambers: An Experiment,” which was the subject of CEPR discussion paper no.
The Subtle Sources of Sampling Bias Hiding in Your Data
But more data doesn’t inherently remove sampling bias — and in some cases, it could make it worse. Member Free 5 free articles per month, $6.95/article thereafter, free newsletter. But the increase in the availability of data fundamentally changed the sample set — and any change in data affects the conclusions we can draw from that data. The sources of bias in data sets can be far subtler than the ones that could be at play in the UFO data. New data can be fundamentally different from older data in ways that managers must understand.
Leading Into the Future
As our world and the nature of work fundamentally changes, leaders must consider necessary new skills and accompanying mindset shifts. Member Free 5 free articles per month, $6.95/article thereafter, free newsletter. In order to execute effective leadership in a digital world, leaders must embrace key changes rooted in factors like technology, demographics, and cultural norms while retaining the enduring and contextual characteristics of leadership. Those who are excited about and capable of embracing the future will comprise RBC’s future leadership ranks. Email updates on the Future of Work Get monthly email updates on new methods of performance management, team learning, collaboration tools, and work life cycles.
The Enabling Power of Trust
In order to implement effective leadership in the digital age, we need to bridge the gap between what we know to be true today and what we believe will be true tomorrow. Member Free 5 free articles per month, $6.95/article thereafter, free newsletter. What will it take to become a great leader in the digital economy? Since it is impossible to know the future with certainty, we started by establishing a hypothesis about what skills and attributes this future leader might possess. This was a good start, but an insufficient one, because we need to bridge the gap between what we know to be true today and what we believe will be true tomorrow.
Successful Lead Generation Starts with Committing to These 3 Things
Commit to lead generation. Lead generation is the No. Decide right now that lead generation will not be the thing to hold you back. Decide you are a master of lead generation. So you’ve committed to lead generation and daily affirmations—now you need to go out and make it happen.
Sha'Carri Richardson, you used pot to grieve. That shouldn't kill your Olympic dreams.
There is so much more we need to know about this plant and how we can use it to care for ourselves. Richardson had learned that her biological mother died right before the Olympic trials. It was essential because so many people, just like Richardson, rely on cannabis to cope with difficult situations. Those who are in control of policies and laws that restrict access to this plant for athletes should hear us. Especially rules that reflect U.S. laws related to the war on drugs – laws that we know disproportionately impact communities of color.
Jacob Zuma, Former South African President, Is Arrested
NKANDLA, South Africa — Jacob Zuma, the former president of South Africa, was taken into custody on Wednesday to begin serving a 15-month prison sentence, capping a stunning downfall for a once-lauded freedom fighter who battled the apartheid regime alongside Nelson Mandela. Under Mr. Zuma, who was forced to step down, the extent of crony corruption within the governing African National Congress Party became clear, turning a once heralded liberation movement into a vehicle of self-enrichment for many officials. The corruption led to the gutting of the nation’s tax agency, sweetheart business contracts and rivals gunned down in a scramble for wealth and power. Mr. Zuma, 79, voluntarily surrendered on Wednesday, 40 minutes before a midnight deadline for the police to hand him over to prison officials. He was driven out of his compound in a long convoy of cars and taken into police custody a short time after, police said.
It’s time to scrap the mandate for masks on trains and buses
The vaccinated are allowed to go without masks on the streets, in restaurants, in stores, in offices. It’s time to lift the mask mandate. The vaccinated are allowed to go without masks on the streets, in restaurants, in stores, in offices. Straphangers wearing face masks at the Columbus Circle subway station during the coronavirus pandemic or COVID-19 pandemic in New York, NY on May 14, 2021. All despite the fact that many New Yorkers have been gathering indoors and outdoors — sans masks — for weeks.
LA riots witnesses stand their ground on the right to bear arms on 'Tucker Carlson Originals'
Fox Nation host Tucker Carlson investigates the decline of gun rights over the last three decades and the right to self-defense in the latest installment of "Tucker Carlson Originals." In "Surviving Disorder," Carlson retraces the frightening and tense moments of the 1992 Los Angeles riots with multiple victims and witnesses. ‘TUCKER CARLSON ORIGINALS’ INVESTIGATES THE MOST AGGRESSIVE GUN CONFISCATION SCHEME IN MODERN AMERICAN HISTORYDavid Joo, who Carlson interviewed for the special, had been in Koreatown when the riots broke out on April 29 of 1992. CLICK HERE TO GET FOX NATIONNow, in a time when police are hamstrung and riots continue to permeate the nation, Tucker Carlson examines whether American citizens today have the right - and resources - to protect themselves. "Tucker Carlson Originals: Surviving Disorder" is available to stream now on Fox Nation.
Peru could become the next Venezuela, but there are some reasons to hope that it won’t | Opinion
Will Pedro Castillo, the radical leftist who is likely to be declared winner of Peru’s June 6 elections, turn his country into a new Venezuela? It would be naive to rule it out, but there are some reasons to hope that he would not be allowed to create a Venezuela-style dictatorship. Castillo, until recently a little-known radical leftist teachers union leader, has tried to present a more moderate image in recent days. Castillo vows to call a referendum to convene a constitutional assembly — something that most constitutional lawyers say would be unconstitutional. “Castillo’s plan is to gather millions of signatures, so as to put political pressure on Congress to convene a referendum,” Alvarez told me.
Search of collapsed condo shifts from rescue to recovery
For two weeks, rescue crews have looked for spaces in the rubble large enough to harbor survivors. Hope of finding survivors was briefly rekindled after workers demolished the remainder of the building, allowing rescuers access to new areas of debris. No one has been pulled out alive since the first hours after the 12-story Champlain Towers South building fell on June 24. Authorities are launching a grand jury investigation into the collapse and at least six lawsuits have been filed by Champlain Towers families. Naum Lusky, president of the Champlain Towers North condo association, said engineers hired by the city arrived Tuesday to conduct three days of tests at the building, which has a similar design and was built at about the same time as Champlain Towers South.
Taliban attack provincial capital in Afghanistan’s north, freeing prisoners
Details were murky from the city, Qala-e-Naw, the capital of Badghis province, where fighting was widespread. KABUL — The Taliban pushed their way into a provincial capital in Afghanistan’s northwest Wednesday, freeing prisoners there and threatening to overrun the city itself. On Tuesday, Taliban fighters ambushed a large convoy of Afghan security forces on their way to Qala-e-Naw, killing dozens. It is not just the Taliban’s military prowess that has precipitated the collapse of the government forces. The abrupt departure, with little coordination, led to looting on the base until Afghan security forces arrived.
South Africa's Zuma to hand himself over to police - foundation
JOHANNESBURG – South Africa former president Jacob Zuma will hand himself over to serve 15 months in jail for contempt of court, his foundation said on Wednesday, the first indication yet that Zuma is willing to serve his prison term. The constitutional court gave Zuma a 15 month jail term last week for defying an instruction earlier this year to give evidence at an inquiry into corruption during his nine years in power until 2018. Police had been instructed to arrest him by the end of Wednesday if he failed to do turn himself in. South African TV stations carried images of Zuma’s motorcade leaving his house, although none were able to confirm whether or not he was in it.
Officials end the search for survivors in the Surfside condo collapse.
At the private meeting with families, Chief Jadallah said search teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Israel were in agreement with the decision. At one point in the meeting, which The New York Times viewed a recording of, a woman thanked the officials for their work. As impatience and frustration grew among family members of the missing, the teams on the pile continued looking for weeks, moving seven million pounds of concrete. One rescuer fell 25 feet off the wreckage right in front of people who had been invited to watch the search. On Sunday, the section of the building that had remained standing was demolished to guard against it toppling on its own and to help speed the search.
Haunted House
When I was thirteen, I worked for a season at a haunted house. Working at the haunted house was a precise punishment of my own design, a way to force myself to undergo a kind of psychological conditioning. Whenever a group started through the haunted house, the girl taking tickets would shout “Bloody buckets!” I’d freeze, my head down on a cobwebby desk, my heartbeat in my ears. The strange and stupid thing was that the hitchhiking wasn’t out of necessity: I could have just as easily got a ride with a friend. Even in Northern California, still riding the fumes of the sixties, hitchhiking wasn’t common.
He Went from Banana Exporter to President: ‘I Am Not a Dictator’
He tried to push through a new constitution that would have given his office more power and the ability to secure more terms in office. Those plans were derailed by the pandemic and rising insecurity in the country. “When he has something in his mind, he becomes blind about it,” Mr. Boulos said. “From what I knew of him before we broke up, this was a guy who really wanted to see change in Haiti. This was a president who worked 14, 16, 18, 20 hours a day.”It was normal for Mr. Moïse to hit the road before dawn for a seven-hour drive to the capital, attend a two-hour meeting and turn back the same day, Mr. Boulos said.
In the Haitian Diaspora: Shock, Sadness and a Fear of What Comes Next
Rodney Saint-Éloi, a celebrated Haitian-Canadian poet and publisher in Montreal, said the assassination of Mr. Moïse was a blow to democracy in Haiti. “It turns all Haitians into assassins because he was, like it or not, the president of all Haitians,” he said. Many in the diaspora had put off trips home for the past year, as kidnappings and other acts of violence became more commonplace. Frantz André, a leading Haitian human rights advocate in Montreal, organized a protest in March in which dozens of Haitians demonstrated against what they called Mr. Moise’s political repression. He said that Mr. Moïse was a deeply polarizing figure and that he and other Haitians abroad on Wednesday were feeling “mixed emotions.”
Jacob Zuma, Former South African President, Is Arrested
NKANDLA, South Africa — Jacob Zuma, the former president of South Africa, was taken into custody on Wednesday to begin serving a 15-month prison sentence, capping a stunning downfall for a once-lauded freedom fighter who battled the apartheid regime alongside Nelson Mandela. Under Mr. Zuma, who was forced to step down, the extent of crony corruption within the governing African National Congress Party became clear, turning a once heralded liberation movement into a vehicle of self-enrichment for many officials. The corruption led to the gutting of the nation’s tax agency, sweetheart business contracts and rivals gunned down in a scramble for wealth and power. Mr. Zuma, 79, voluntarily surrendered on Wednesday, 40 minutes before a midnight deadline for the police to hand him over to prison officials. He was driven out of his compound in a long convoy of cars headed toward a correctional facility that officials have not yet identified.
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 | 15 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.
Protesters continue to clash with federal agents in Portland
Added: 29.07.2020 16:29 | 15 views | 0 commentsMore chaos on the streets of Portland as peaceful protests turn violent overnight as federal agents unleash a massive response. President Trump is preparing to send at least 100 agents to Portland and other cities. Carter Evans has the latest.
Fact-checking claims bail reform is driving increase in violent crime
Fact-checking claims bail reform is driving increase in violent crimeAdded: 07.07.2021 21:10 | 8 views | 0 commentsSource: www.lolwot.comViolent crime in the United States shot up last year as the pandemic raged. Major cities across the country saw a more than 30% jump in homicides as well as increases in aggravated assaults, according to a January report from the National Commission on Covid-19 and Criminal Justice. More in rss.cnn.com » Tags: United States
Two men arrested in Pall Mall over suspected terror plot ‘after acting suspiciously in car’
Two men arrested in Pall Mall over suspected terror plot ‘after acting suspiciously in car’Added: 12.11.2020 14:04 | 15 views | 0 commentsThe pair, who are both aged 34 and from east , were stopped and arrested by armed officers in Pall Mall at 12.10am on Thursday.
Global Democracies Need to Align to Fight Disinformation
For the last two years the Propaganda Research Lab at the Center for Media Engagement at UT Austin has been studying the ways in which various global producers of social-media-based propaganda efforts focus their strategies. For instance, we’ve found that they pay particular attention to spreading political disinformation amongst immigrant and diaspora communities in Florida, North Carolina, and other swing states. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Samuel Woolley (@samuelwoolley) is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and program director of propaganda research at the Center for Media Engagement, both at UT Austin. She has led research projects analyzing the impact of disinformation campaigns on electoral processes in Europe and societal vulnerabilities to information manipulation. This is an unprecedented undertaking, because our societies do not have a comparable legal or policy experience which can effectively be used as a template for digital efforts.
A Massive Water Recycling Proposal Could Help Ease Drought
Lake Mead, which provides water for 25 million people in the American West, has shrunk to 36 percent of its capacity. Fields are sitting fallow, as farmers sell their water allotments instead of growing crops, putting the nation’s food supply in peril. (The bill, which was introduced at the end of June, is currently before the House Committee on Natural Resources.) And the Colorado River has been in a drought for more than two decades.”All the while, the population and economy in the western US have been booming, putting tremendous pressure on a dwindling water supply. “Part of what makes it so important as an element of water supply portfolios is its reliability,” says Michael Kiparsky, director of the Wheeler Water Institute at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Futuristic Stink of Amazon’s Science Fiction
Even though its characters deal with everything from time travel to superbabies to memory theft, they still get gassy. Elsewhere, Anthony Mackie’s Tom describes, in celebratory detail, his wife’s code-red stink bombs. With Solos, Amazon stoops to a condescending science fiction that’s just like us, farts and all. Apologies for the potty mouth, but the fault lies with Amazon, whose science fiction practically overflows with bodily discharge. In the ickiest scene, an older man goes number one, misses his target, and has to clean up the mess.
Physical Takes an Unflinching and Unlikable Look at Eating Disorders
By centering on gratuitous shots of meals, ritualistic plate-setting, and slow shots of people eating, Physical captures a different reality. Eating disorders affect at least 9 percent of the population in the U.S., although the number of undiagnosed people struggling with disordered eating is likely far higher. She likens eating disorders to addiction, saying that she only began to heal when she wrote about it. Physical’s one-step-forward-two-steps-back approach to Sheila’s disordered eating is infuriating, but the narrative reflects the chaotic timeline of recovery. In reality, less than 6 percent of those with eating disorders are ever medically diagnosed as underweight.
Should Discrimination Against Trump Supporters Be Illegal?
The fact in question is that only a tiny minority of Ivy League females would consider dating a Trump supporter. Kaufmann does not actually propose using the law to force anybody to swipe right for Trump fans. Many elite American institutions, most dramatically but not exclusively in academia, are becoming ideological monocultures in which commitment to progressive goals is becoming a formal or informal criteria for membership in the community. Kaufmann argues that this robust new government authority will merely be used to enforce “neutrality,” not to coerce institutions into becoming active supporters of the Republican agenda. Kaufmann (a Canadian conservative who has an American fellowship and is writing in an American magazine) doesn’t even acknowledge this Republican advantage.
Why Primary Runoffs Will Matter in the 2022 Midterms
MAGA folk would have an easier time purging Wyoming congresswoman Liz Cheney if the state had primary runoffs. The reason is simple: South Carolina has a primary-runoff law requiring a majority vote to secure a party nomination. (This interpretation may have it backward since arguably the one-party system that was the real bulwark of white supremacy made runoffs practicable for party primaries that were de facto general elections). RCV has been adopted in Maine for all primary and general elections, and Alaskans have voted to adopt it for general elections (in combination with a top-four primary) beginning in 2022. In the Big Apple, the jury is out on the controversial RCV feature of the mayoral primary that was finally settled two weeks after Primary Day.
The Chilling Message of Trump’s Embrace of Ashli Babbitt Martyrdom
“Who shot Ashli Babbitt?,” he wrote on his official pseudo-presidential stationery. “Who shot Ashli Babbitt? Asked about the insurrection, he changed the subject to the terrible people on the other side who were not being charged, and brought up Babbitt once again: “The person that shot Ashli Babbitt. As Levin points out, Babbitt is not the only Trump supporter who lost her life during the insurrection. The far right’s highlighting of Babbitt’s death sends a different message: The insurrection was good.
‘Loki’ Episode 5 Recap: You Want Lokis? You Get Lokis!
Classic Loki insists that his group’s only goal is survival, and any kind of planning and scheming is doomed to kill the Loki who tries. There are the many Loki variants we see, with President Loki, among others, joining Classic, Kid, Boastful, and Alligator Loki. Classic Loki is aptly named. (Though Kid Loki might once again argue that Classic Loki’s death is more evidence that the universe has no interest in any of them doing so.) * Honestly, I would have watched an entire episode that was just Loki, Mobius, and the others arguing about whether Alligator Loki was actually a Loki, or just a gator who ended up with the crown, presumably after eating a real Loki.
Biden: US needs to reimagine economy and our future
Biden: US needs to reimagine economy and our futurePresident Joe Biden pitched his proposed investments in families and education at an Illinois community college on Wednesday, telling residents of the swing district that what's good for families is also good for the economy.
Clarity on critical race theory: It’s a political drive, not an educational one
MSNBC, of all places, just offered a clarifying moment showing what critical race theory is really about. Rufo pointed out that CRT isn’t just about teaching slavery and racism in American history, it also promoted, for instance, opposing capitalism. But host Joe Scarborough pressed the issue: “Does critical race theory suggest that you are racist and that capitalism is racist and we have to move beyond capitalism?”Glaude responded: “It certainly holds the claim that capitalism has its beginnings within the context of the transatlantic slave trade.”This is bunk. That’s because critical race theory isn’t an educational initiative — it’s a political one. Because it’s been taught not the complexities of history, but that all those things are inherently evil.
Live updates Biden pitches bipartisan infrastructure deal along with his plan to boost spending on education, child care and health care
July 4 has come and gone, and the Biden administration missed its goal of vaccinating 70 percent of Americans by then. As plenty have noted, this owes to something that is largely outside the administration’s control: Republican vaccine skepticism. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll this weekend showed 93 percent of Democrats say they’ve either received a vaccine or plan to, while just 49 percent of Republicans say the same. That has played out in the real world, too, as Philip Bump notes, with a strong correlation between how red a state votes and how unvaccinated it is.
Minneapolis Fed requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for workers by next month and the No. 1 reason workers are considering switching jobs
More than 82% of Minneapolis Fed staff are already fully vaccinated. 1 reason workers are considering switching jobsWorkers appear to have gained newfound leverage as the economy recovers from the pandemic recession and businesses reopen. Read MoreMy sister and her husband said I should pay 40% toward our vacation rentals because they share a bedroom. Read MoreThe pandemic is inspiring Kickstarter and Unilever to test four-day workweeks — but will it hurt productivity? Companies are now reevaluating where work needs to happen, and how many days employees should be required to work.
News on the move: Haiti President Jovenel Moïse assassinated at home
TheGrioAround 2:45 Wednesday morning in Pelerin 5, President Moïse was assassinated and First Lady Martine Moïse severely wounded. Looking from the outside in, this may seem like an unprecedented attack, but for those who have been following the politics of the Moïse regime, this demise is not shocking. For the last 12 months but certainly, since Feb. 7, (the date that his alleged term ended) there have been outcries for the removal of President Moïse, as many alleged he had overstayed his presidential term.
Haiti’s years of political struggle coincided with other calamities
Haiti has demonstrated extraordinary resilience in the face of seemingly unstinting political turmoil and natural disaster. Artists of Haitian birth, including acclaimed writer Edwidge Danticat and rapper-actor Wyclef Jean, have left a significant mark on U.S. culture. Haiti’s hardships, except when they occur on a grand scale, often go little noticed by the outside world. That protection, first extended after the 2010 earthquake, could affect more than 100,000 Haitians living in the U.S. Some in Congress have also been trying to draw attention to Haiti’s woes, both recent and historic.
Leave no stone unturned in bringing Mark Frerichs home
But with every soldier who boards a plane home, the odds grow that one American, Mark Frerichs, will be left behind. EditorialsThe Trump administration failed to make Frerichs’ release a condition, or even a bargaining chip, when negotiating with the Taliban for the withdrawal of American troops. Bowe Bergdahl, a Taliban prisoner for five years. “Now is the time to redouble our efforts to make sure we secure Mr. Frerichs’ safe release and bring him home.”The Biden administration should leave no stone unturned. Bring Mark Frerichs home.
No mercy for former Broward deputy convicted of using excessive force
He asked the judge to remove the adjudication of his conviction, which would allow him to truthfully answer “no” if asked on a job application if he had ever been convicted of a felony. He also asked the judge to lift the requirement that he spend one weekend in jail every year for four years near the Feb. 18 anniversary of his confrontation with victim Daniel Gonzalez.
Column: Bail reform isn’t to blame for Chicago’s violence. And finger-pointing doesn’t help.
Evans said in the statement: “Looking at individual tragic cases in isolation may contribute to the speculation that releasing individuals before trial rather than incarcerating them — whether by placing them on Electronic Monitoring (EM) or other forms of supervision — means an increase in crime. But speculation based on isolated cases is not the same as reality based on a complete picture, and research has shown that bail reform has not led to an increase in crime.”
Why Democrats are set to do surprisingly well in the 2022 midterms
Following a solid win in a New Mexico special election this week, though, Democrats do have some reason for optimism. Looking at four federal special elections so far, 538’s analysis found no particular trend line. Republicans gained ground in special elections in Louisiana and Texas, while Democrats beat their margins in New Mexico and another Louisiana seat. Those wins were as stunning in their way as the Democratic Senate victory in Alabama in 2017, or the Massachusetts Republican Senate upset in 2010. But with Trump continuing to loom over the Republican Party and the nation, it’s hard to feel complacent.
Cuban migrants hop out of a wooden boat on Florida beach after braving Tropical Storm Elsa [VIDEO]
This is the moment five Cuban men jumped out of a wooden boat on the shore of a south Florida beach after braving the dangerous conditions of Tropical Storm Elsa. The small vessel was powered by a diesel engine and made it to shore on Hallandale Beach on Tuesday morning. 'Brother, I can't believe a raft just arrived from Cuba, look at that,' a Hallandale Beach resident said as he recorded the migrants' unlawful entry. The group asked for directions to Miami Beach before taking offCinco balseros #cubanos llegan a las costas de Hallandale Beach, en #Florida. Coast Guard crews stopped 259 Cuban migrants in fiscal year 2018 and 313 the following year.
[Editorial] Little changed
The government cannot adjust supply and demand as timely as it does with agricultural products.Above all, this idea is almost infeasible. The country’s aggregate housing market price is estimated to go over 5,000 trillion won ($4.4 trillion). It is unconvincing that just a public enterprise can control prices in the housing market. Experts say that if it wants to influence housing prices, it should possess at least 10 percent of the market. They vow to curb housing prices by suppressing the market.About 60 percent of the country’s total households live in houses that they own.
Terry Glavin: Canada's early Christian prophets were Indigenous. Now someone's destroying their churches
Share this Story: Terry Glavin: Canada's early Christian prophets were Indigenous. Now someone's destroying their churchesTerry Glavin: Canada's early Christian prophets were Indigenous. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Try refreshing your browser, or Terry Glavin: Canada's early Christian prophets were Indigenous. Article content So when the Oblates arrived a few years later, Quitselkanum’s people had seen them coming.
Latest hack to test Biden’s vow for consequences for Russia
The administration is mindful that punitive actions against Russia can escalate into tit-for-tat exchanges that heighten tensions between nuclear superpowers. The latest hack also comes after some Republicans accused the Democratic president of showing deference to Putin by meeting with him and making America weaker in the process. There are also practical limits to what the U.S. can do to thwart Russian cyber gangs. The administration has yet to attribute the latest major attack to Russians hackers. Biden couldn’t have been clearer after the Geneva summit about his intolerance for Russian cyber offenses.
Ohio Allows Doctors to Deny LGBTQ Health Care on Moral Grounds
In the latest state-level swing at LGBTQ health care access, Ohio will now allow medical providers to refuse to administer any medical treatment that violates their moral, ethical, or religious beliefs. The language was buried in a 700-page document of last-minute amendments to the state’s two-year budget bill, which Ohio Gov. But even if the medical professional does attempt to make that referral, a quarter of Ohio’s population lives in rural counties, where LGBTQ-friendly medical care is sparse. Local advocates have also called foul on lawmakers’ move to insert the clause last-minute into the state’s massive two-year, 2,400-page budget bill. Then, just days later, he signed the budget bill into law with the new health care statute.
The War on Drugs Is 50 Years Old
Standing alongside the president on that day when America’s drug war officially began was John Erlichman, White House counsel and Nixon confidante. Three years later, they launched a relentless expansion of the drug war, policing, and prisons. In the 20 years since the drug war took final form under Clinton, politicians have made some relatively inconsequential reforms. So, even 50 years later, this country is still fighting a war on drugs and on nonviolent drug users. In a 2018 plebiscite, Florida voters restored electoral rights to that state’s 1.4 million ex-convicts, including 400,000 African Americans.
Opinion : Progressives want Democrats to lean into the fight over taxes. They have a point.
Increasing revenues by $4 trillion over the next decade would mean that the United States would be collecting just over 19 percent of GDP — the same level that we were collecting in the late 1990s when the United States was enjoying strong growth that was broadly shared across income levels. The United States would still be a very low tax country by international standards. Collecting an additional $4 trillion from the wealthy and corporations over the next decade is a very modest step toward addressing the extreme growth in income inequality during the last two decades. In fact, the wealth of the richest 1 percent grew by $4 trillion in 2020 alone — a year when working- and middle-class Americans were suffering from the devastation of the pandemic.
Opinion : Britain’s new immigration bill would create a deeper maze of cruelty
This isn’t only about asylum, but also about the government’s broader authoritarian agenda that includes attacking migrants’ rights. A person’s ability to move, and the terms for this movement, can be decided based on how much money they have, what their job is or where they are from. And in defending the new asylum plans, politicians have pitted the “genuine refugee” against the “economic migrant” or “illegal migrant” (though people cannot be illegal). They segment people up while attacking their rights in different ways. Shaped by class, race and gender, this way of treating human beings is extractive, exploitative and inhumane.
Big Tech will censor liberals next if Congress doesn't act: Rep. Ken Buck
Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., issued a warning to liberal lawmakers reluctant to take on Big Tech, Wednesday, telling "America Reports" that Democrats should be "scared to death" of being censored next if Congress doesn't hold companies accountable and push for more competition. READ IT: TRUMP LAWSUITS AGAINST TWITTER, FACEBOOK, GOOGLE OVER ALLEGED BIG TECH CENSORSHIPREP. KEN BUCK: [Former] President Trump has said at rally after rally that we need to break these tech companies up. And so you see a bipartisan effort in Congress to make sure that we have more competition and hold these big tech companies accountable. And I understand that there are my fellow conservatives out there that say, well, we don't want to make big government bigger in an attempt to deal with Big Tech. We have to deal with Big Tech because they are out of control and they're going to hurt America in the long run.
Hegseth on 'Kilmeade Show': Critical race theory isn't going away even as parents wage uphill battle
"Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Pete Hegseth concluded Wednesday that critical race theory isn't going away from the nation's classrooms, despite backlash from parents across the country after the nation's largest teachers union backed CRT as "reasonable and appropriate" to use in social studies classes. Hegseth joined "The Brian Kilmeade Show" with reaction to the National Education Association approving a plan to "publicize" critical race theory and dedicate a "team of staffers" to assist union members looking to "fight back against anti-CRT rhetoric." "It all is trickle down of critical race theory, which has been taught in higher education for a long time," Hegseth argued. New Business Item 39 also declares that the union opposes bans on critical race theory and the New York Times’ controversial 1619 Project – which roughly half the U.S. states have already implemented. The NEA represents more than 2 million members – well over half of the 3.2 million public school teachers the U.S. Department of Education estimated were working in the country last year.
U.S. Covid-19 'vaccine diplomacy' is catching up to China and Russia's efforts
The seeming collapse of Moscow and Beijing’s vaccine diplomacy efforts means that the United States needs to be there to pick up the slack, providing safe, effective vaccines to the world. It's a development that should cause grave concern for the United States and other democracies, according to former U.S. ambassadors and other ex-diplomats. That’s definitely more than can be said for Sputnik V, the Russian-made coronavirus vaccine. (The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority has also yet to clear Sputnik V or Sinovac for use in the country.) Taken together, Russia and China’s faltering is in one sense good news for the United States.
The Rise of the Moors standoff could've been a lot worse. What about next time?
Two people appeared in court in Malden, Massachusetts, on Wednesday in connection with a nine-hour standoff between members of an armed militia and state police over the weekend. The armed men, who identified themselves as belonging to the Rise of the Moors, a majority African American militia group, fled when police approached, triggering a long standoff that involved hostage negotiators and a tactical team but ultimately was resolved peacefully. While there is likely a difference in terms of ideology and origin of a far-right militia group like the Oath Keepers and one like the Rise of the Moors, the dangers they pose to society are the same. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that some members of the Rise of the Moors have engaged in violent acts, from shootings and robberies to other armed confrontations. Little was known in police circles about Rise of the Moors before this incident, and few police agencies were even aware of the group’s existence.
New York defines illegal firearms use as a 'public nuisance' in bid to pierce gun industry's powerful liability shield
Could calling the illegal use of firearms a “public nuisance” bring an end to the gun industry’s immunity from civil lawsuits? State lawmakers recently amended New York’s public nuisance statute to specifically include marketing and sales practices that contribute to gun crimes. Defining illegal gun use as a public nuisanceStates routinely rely on public nuisance laws to regulate conduct that unreasonably interferes with the health and safety of others. The gun industry’s immunity shieldSuing the firearms industry for gun violence under the theory of public nuisance is nothing new. Recent funding for this kind of research may clarify the value of regulating illegal gun sales as a public nuisance.
Tucson declares its independence from Arizona's nutty gun sanctuary law
Tucson is refusing to abide by the state’s new Second Amendment sanctuary law. Arizona is one of at least 10 states that has enacted Second Amendment sanctuary laws this year. But it is time for him to do something to try to address the epidemic of gun violence in this country. Or if we strengthened laws to try to disarm domestic abusers before they murder their so-called loved ones? The city may lose again, given that, technically, the state isn’t nullifying federal laws.
Gov. Brown orders Oregon agencies to stop watering lawns and washing windows amid drought
SALEM — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Wednesday directing state agencies to stop watering the lawns and washing the windows at their offices and facilities amid an ongoing drought emergency. The order, issued Wednesday also orders state agencies to stop running fountains that don’t recirculate water, bans the planting of new landscaping that requires irrigation and urged state employees to conserve water while on the job. Nineteen of Oregon’s counties are in drought emergencies and the state experienced a record-breaking heat wave this month. Brown, a Democrat, said the combination of climate change and chronic drought made her order necessary so the state can “lead by example and show Oregonians that drought is a serious issue — but one that can be managed if we all work together.”--The Associated Press
The Chilling Message of Trump’s Embrace of Ashli Babbitt Martyrdom
“Who shot Ashli Babbitt?,” he wrote on his official pseudo-presidential stationery. “Who shot Ashli Babbitt? Asked about the insurrection, he changed the subject to the terrible people on the other side who were not being charged, and brought up Babbitt once again: “The person that shot Ashli Babbitt. As Levin points out, Babbitt is not the only Trump supporter who lost her life during the insurrection. The far right’s highlighting of Babbitt’s death sends a different message: The insurrection was good.
Who's not voting in America?
While much has been said recently about voting rights, restrictions, legislation, fraud and court decisions, comparatively little has been mentioned about the many men and women not voting in America. The lowest proportions not voting were in Minnesota (20 percent) and Colorado and Maine (both at slightly less than 24 percent). The proportions of eligible U.S. voters not voting among the country’s major social groups varied considerably. The U.S. is one of the few countries that requires citizens to register for voting separately from the actual voting. As it has been throughout the country’s 245-year history, voting rights remain a major divisive issue in America.
U.S. Media Outlets Are Still Banging the Drums for the Afghanistan War
But when it comes to U.S. press outlets, they’re more likely to critique Biden when he steps away from militarism. A wave of media coverage followed Biden’s evasive outburst at a July 2 press conference. These aren’t the only examples of major media outlets criticizing Biden over the withdrawal. Other outlets recirculated 2001 talking points from Laura Bush by declaring that the U.S. withdrawal will harm women and girls. There are manifold other ways that U.S. media outlets could frame American withdrawal.
Everyone Wants Health Care Reform. Industry Lobbying Won’t Let Them Have It.
Late last month, a poll conducted by Morning Consult and Politico gauged Americans’ opinions on several health care measures expected to be included in the Democrats’ forthcoming reconciliation bill. Its conclusions were striking: of the six proposed reforms put to respondents, each enjoyed majority support across the electorate with four even eliciting more than 50 percent from Republican voters. As is typically (and predictably) the case, proposals related to health care, education, and climate change have been relegated to the reconciliation bill even though many are quite popular. Here, the Medicare reforms currently slated to appear in the Democrats’ reconciliation bill are a good case in point. The point is, with enough cash and lobbying power at your disposal, you don’t have to.
When Detroit Was Revolutionary
We helped elect people to the city council and pass laws that were beneficial to the people, like a free clinic, free daycare center, free school, free food, free this and free that. We were very successful for a couple years — it felt like the golden age of Ann Arbor. We helped elect people to the city council and pass laws that were beneficial to the people, like a free clinic, free daycare center, free school, free food, free this and free that. We eventually lost and got run out of Ann Arbor once the right wing took over again. They did succeed in raising the fine from $5 to $20, however [laughs], but still no jail time, so Ann Arbor remained at the forefront nonetheless.
How Sweden’s Left Party Stopped the Social Democrats’ Undermining the Welfare State
I too, like the Left Party, reject market-based rents.” Yet, Left Party leader Nooshi Dadgostar painted a much darker picture of the government’s direction: The government has made it clear that it intends to implement a proposal of market-based rents. But if Stefan Löfven and [Center Party leader] Annie Lööf want to implement the system of market rents, it will not be on my watch, nor that of the Left Party. But when it came to the two red lines the Left Party had set down, no help could be expected from the Right. Since the Liberal Party was now out of the equation, a new government would need the Left Party to be able to get a state budget through. The Green Party proposed negotiations with the Left, but this was rejected by the Center Party.
AFT’s Weingarten talks back-to-school plans and threats to democracy
Teachers discussed both back-to-school plans for this fall and ideological threats to teaching and democracy at the AFT’s Teach conference. WASHINGTON (PAI)—Praising teachers and school staffers for standing up under incredible stress to teach—remotely—during the coronavirus pandemic, Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten discussed both back-to-school plans for this fall and ideological threats to teaching and democracy at the union’s Teach conference. Biden, a community college English professor, is a member of the nation’s other teachers union, the National Education Association. Let’s stoke their excitement about learning with interesting projects and learning that feels important and worthwhile, so kids wake up every day eager to be in school,” Weingarten challenged. “We are witnesses to widespread attacks on the right to vote and the most serious threats to our democracy in our lifetimes.
The most heartwarming reunions and hugs post-COVID-19 vaccine
Then, vaccinations began rolling out, albeit slowly. By July 6, according to The New York Times, more than 3.29 billion vaccine doses have been administered across the world. Videos of these reunions flooded our feeds, and gave us something pure and nice to look at! Here are some of our favorite reunions and hugs as the world began to open up thanks to COVID-19 vaccinations. But in places like Africa and Oceana, where vaccinations aren't nearly as accessible, reunions aren't as festive.
The tasks that lie ahead for Eric Adams after winning Democratic mayoral primary
Eric Adams’ much-deserved victory in the Democratic primary for mayor came because he understood what his opponents didn’t: If city residents don’t feel safe, nothing else matters. Now, with a victory in November’s general election anticipated, he must put those words into action as New York City’s 110th mayor. He has promised to reinstitute the NYPD gun unit, get weapons off the streets and curb the surge in shootings and murders. He must hold fast against Albany legislators and the DAs who believe no crime deserves punishment. De Blasio believed the only economic growth worth bragging about was an increase in government employment and spending — private industry be damned.
Tucker Carlson doesn’t know how life expectancy works
Let’s say for the sake of argument that Carlson’s data here are right on the money. That the disease killed only those who were already beating the odds? That doesn’t seem like a good outcome. That these people were simply living on a knife’s edge and would have died at any instant anyway? While he layered on the expected “any death is tragic” contextualizing, there’s an inescapable morbidity to this argument broadly: These people were going to die anyway!
Opinion: The best way to beat the Delta variant
Cases are way down, vaccination is way up, and there is much talk of a normal-ish autumn -- or at least there was much talk of something normal soon. Perhaps reports of the Delta variant overwhelming lower-vaccinated communities a nd fears of local spikes may help convince people. To be sure, the Delta variant, the latest in a series of ever more infectious strains of Covid-19, has changed the basics of the pandemic. The Delta variant will likely fizzle out one way or another as it eventually runs out of easy targets. Indeed, this pattern will repeat whether or not CDC guidance about masks or distancing or returning to work is updated.
Op-ed: Recreational pot is legal in New York. Four factors that could strengthen the cannabis sector
Aside from California, no other state has generated more excitement over the rollout of its adult-use market than New York. In assessing the evolution of the New York cannabis market, and thus where investors should be focused, we contemplate four objectives policymakers should adopt to support social and economic success. Social equity retail operators will be set up to fail if they are supply-constrained and don't have access to price-competitive product. Flexible delivery business modelsIt's no secret that delivery has been the cornerstone of the New York City cannabis market for decades. Social equity operators rarely have access to the capital that white operators have, through venture capital firms and family offices.
Waiting for Charlie Baker
If Baker does run, the best word to describe what he will do is a campaign cliché: He will “romp.”If Charlie Baker doesn’t run for a third term, the next governor’s race will be a free-for-all — just like the Boston mayor’s race. Then, in the general election, Baker will beat any of the lefty-loving Democrats already in the race. If Attorney General Maura Healey decides to run and is the Democratic nominee, Baker is still the favorite. What’s happening on Beacon Hill may be the clearest signal that Baker is running — or at least that Democrats think he is. If Baker doesn’t run, he’s a lame duck and the race for governor is wide open.
The Supreme Court’s further gutting of the Voting Rights Act is unconscionable | Editorial
But lawsuits are a slower and less certain remedy, and anyway, it’s a moot point now. By an even larger majority, 6 to 3 this time, the July 1 decision set a precedent for allowing discriminatory effects despite Section 2 so long as they are “small.” Moreover, Justice Samuel Alito wrote, Arizona makes it “quite easy” to vote by mail or at an early voting location, as well as on Election Day. Even if not everyone is able to use those methods, everyone has the same opportunity, he wrote, rationalizing that “every voting rule imposes a burden of some sort.”
Just Thinking: This housefly was no ordinary pest
My husband was home alone when he caught his first good glimpse of it, and his report later was succinct: “This was no ordinary fly,” he said. More:Just Thinking: Wildlife filling void in home without dogMore:Just Thinking: Outdoor recital was music to pandemic earsThe fly was canny; this wasn’t its first rodeo. This insect was the Michael Malloy of the house fly kingdom. (Michael Malloy was the target of a group of men in 1932 who became his insurance beneficiaries and then tried – and tried and tried – to kill him. I don’t want to hear!”)But never mind about Michael Malloy.
Haiti President assassinated: what next after the death of Jovenel Moise?
Who's behind the assassination of Haiti's president Jovenel Moise? We'll ask about the overnight attack on his private residence that's also left his wife in critical condition. In a nation that's known coups, revolutions and foreign interventions, to actually kill the sitting president comes as a shock. And what direction for the America's' poorest nation, one where citizens are fed up with corruption and mismanagement that's only grown since the 2010 earthquake. What path to reform when the leader's just met a violent death?
Biden is preparing an executive order targeting noncompete clauses for workers.
President Biden will push federal regulators to crack down on noncompete clauses, occupational licensing requirements and other measures that administration officials say hurt workers’ ability to pursue better jobs, as part of a broad executive order meant to bolster competition across the economy. The efforts to increase competition in the labor market, according to a person familiar with them, will be detailed in an order issued in the coming days. The order will encourage the Federal Trade Commission to ban or limit noncompete agreements, which employers have increasingly used in recent years to try to inhibit their workers’ ability to quit for a better job. It encourages the commission to also ban “unnecessary” occupational licensing restrictions, which can restrict workers’ ability to find new work, especially across state lines. More broadly, the executive order encourages antitrust regulators to consider the ways that mergers might contribute to monopsonies, or industries in which workers have few choices of where to work and therefore lack leverage to negotiate higher wages or better benefits.
Anyone Who Wonders How We Got Here Is a Liar or a Fool
For years they tangled with Hussman’s conservative Arkansas Democrat, which later took over a more liberal rival to become the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “Hussman’s family bought the dying Arkansas Democrat in the ’70s & installed him as boy-publisher, still in his 20s,” Blackmon tweeted. At the root of this was the unspoken conviction on the part of influential Republicans that no Democratic president would be allowed to exercise the full power of the office and that, therefore, no election of a Democratic president needs be accepted as legitimate. That simply would not do for the Republicans who saw the investigation as an invaluable tool in hamstringing a Democratic president whom they declined to believe was legitimate. Nothing ever dies any more, and anyone who wonders How We Got Here is a liar or a fool.
There Are Growing Calls to Finally Tax the Catholic Church
The Roman Catholic Church hasn’t disclosed its net worth. “Tax the Roman Catholic Church immediately to make amends to the survivors,” one tweet says. Advertisement"The Roman Catholic Church is filthy rich but they're hesitant to do the right thing," a residential school survivor who lives near the cathedral told CBC. “It’s particularly blatant considering the wealth and money the Catholic Church holds.”Another issue is that two provinces, Alberta and Ontario, publicly fund Catholic school systems. Indigenous leaders and settlers alike want to see Canada and the Catholic Church tried for crimes against humanity and genocide.
U.K. High Court agrees to hear U.S. appeal seeking Julian Assange extradition
The 50-year-old Australian publisher and hacktivist remains in London’s Belmarsh prison, where he has been imprisoned since the Ecuadoran Embassy in London revoked his political asylum two years ago. He spent almost seven years in a few cramped rooms at the embassy before he was arrested by British police for jumping bail.
'No one is in charge' after Haiti's president assassinated
The Haitian Times founder and publisher Garry Pierre-Pierre says that a military coup is "unlikely" after the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse.
The Thoreau I didn’t know
It was as if I were studying for a test I didn’t know I would have to take. Henry David Thoreau got a lot of good press in 2020 during the pandemic. A small event, but like many other events Thoreau witnessed or was part of, one he made large through his writing. No other person has been more eloquent and passionate in getting this idea across than Henry David Thoreau.”Thoreau, unlike King, didn’t truly suffer and certainly didn’t make the ultimate sacrifice for his cause. His newest book is “Quiet Desperation, Savage Delight: Sheltering with Thoreau in the Age of Crisis.” Send comments to magazine@globe.com.
NRA appeals ruling on ban of gun sales to people under 21, a law passed after Parkland mass shooting
“Florida’s age qualification is reasonably calculated to advance the state’s interest because it applies only to the purchase of firearms,” the filing by Moody’s office said. “Any law-abiding person over the age of 18 may gift, loan or allow the use of a firearm to an otherwise qualified person over the age of 18, who may in turn keep and use that firearm for any lawful purpose, including home defense, hunting, sport and practice shooting. The sale-gift distinction is aimed at a uniquely dangerous problem --- the purchase of firearms by 18-to-20-year-olds absent the judgment of a parent, guardian, or other law-abiding adult that the individual is prepared for the responsibility of gun ownership.”
Ahmed Jibril, founder of pro-Syrian Palestinian guerrilla faction, dies at 83
Jibril founded his PFLP-GC in 1968, after splitting from the PFLP of Palestinian nationalist leader George Habash. In 1974, three members attacked the town of Kiryat Shemona in northern Israel, killing 18 hostages before they were killed by Israeli troops. In November 1987 it used motorised hang-gliders to fly two guerrillas across the border from Lebanon, killing six Israeli soldiers. A prisoner swap Jibril negotiated with Israel in 1985 won him fame among Palestinians at the time. The deal saw the release of more than 1,000 prisoners, including long-serving Palestinian detainees, in return for the release of three Israeli soldiers.
Cuomo Declares State of Emergency Over Gun Violence
We went from Covid to the epidemic of gun violence. More people are dying of gun violence then of Covid. It is a state wide problem and it is an emergency, and I want the people of the state to understand that. And I want them to respond to the emergency for the way it is. So today, first state in the nation is going to declare a disaster, emergency on gun violence.
Genocide Oral History Project Launched in Srebrenica
BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Srebrenica Memorial Centre presented the video project ‘The Lives Behind the Fields of Death’ on Wednesday at a conference in Srebrenica that highlighted the role of oral history in combatting genocide denial and revisionism. As part of the project, 100 testimonies of Srebrenica genocide survivors were filmed over the past year. The director of the Srebrenica Memorial Centre, Emir Suljagic, said the stories were important for preserving history, because court proceedings and verdicts do not focus on human narratives. The Netherlands’ ambassador to Sarajevo, Reinout Vos, told the conference that testimonies from survivors are the best way to counter attempts to deny the genocide or rewrite history. The second part of the conference heard how personal stories can inspire empathy which can lead to activism against genocide denial, and how new technologies should be used to combat revisionist narratives.
Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday
Cheers and Jeers for Wednesday, July 7, 2021Note: Here's today's Helpful Hint from Heloise. CHEERS to order in the court. JEERS to going out with a bing. Yup, that's the way I see it goin' down, and that's right in line with my hopes and dreams. President Jimmy Carter: At the end of the day, we try to become reconciled and overcome all the differences that arose during the day.
The Oligarchs’ Coup
Last week, the Supreme Court dealt two potentially mortal wounds to American democracy in its decisions regarding voter suppression in Arizona and dark money disclosure in California. In 1976, the Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to this law, citing the “want of a substantial federal question”. In just eight short years, the Roberts Supreme Court has gutted almost the entirety of the historic 1965 VRA. The conservatives on the Court are merely protecting the dark money oligarchs that put them on the Court to begin with. Now, fifty years on, with the Supreme Court, the “most important instrument for social, economic, and political change”, in their pocket, the oligarchs are back in total control.
Self-deception and the "Big Lie"
The big lie of today is a continuation of the lie we as a nation have lived with from our colonial days. “People of African descent have been ‘here’ longer than the English colonies.”Kernels of truthIndeed, the lie begins here. In this telling of history, slavery was a “phase” that white Americans had to bear for the good of our national development. Today’s Big Lie is in service to our original self-deception. When the denial is purposeful and is attached to generations of privilege and advantage, truth suffers and history becomes the lie.
Half of congress is under threat...
Half of congress is under threat from their party leadership to follow trump, regardless of what they think of trump personally- like robots! The leadership is threatening to end their members’ political careers if they don’t toe the line. That blackmail totally undermines the very reason for the existence of the congress, which is to deliberate, debate, and compromise, in good faith, in order to do what’s best for the people. Party leadership, in collusion with big money, are openly committing sedition. The AG and the Justice Department MUST intensely focus on the party leaders and their financial backers, and investigate and charge them- there is no other way end their treason!
Crazed White-wing Mom claims CRT will make "Antifa Kids" attack her children
This past Spring, I decided to withdraw my children from the local public school and transfer them to a private school for the Fall. Five weeks later I posted that letter to the group FB page of the school’s parents and expected to generate a serious and thoughtful discussion. White kids are being taught that they aren't perfect? White kids are being told that their ancestors made mistakes? Do you want more white privilege or do you want actual equality?
This May Be The Most Crucial Diary To My Life I Ever Write. I Truly Need Your Help.
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How many ways do Republicans have to say it? They're working to kill Biden's infrastructure plans
There's no reason for the White House, the ExxonMobil Democrats "negotiating" with Republicans on infrastructure, or the traditional media to pretend otherwise. This isn't about finding 10 good Republicans investing in a bill for the good of the country. McConnell is steadfastly refusing to bless any bipartisan effort, but said in a wide-ranging interview with The Atlantic's Peter Nicholas, "If this infrastructure bill goes somewhere, believe me, I'll be in the middle of it." If it goes somewhere, which it won't because he's not going to allow that. The budget reconciliation bill is intended to include everything that the bipartisan bill won't, and potentially more.
It's Saigon in Afghanistan
The end of the 20-year US war on Afghanistan was predictable - no one has conquered Afghanistan and Washington was as foolish as Moscow in the 1970s for trying. In Afghanistan, no sooner are US troops vacating an area than Taliban fighters swoop in and take over. The Afghan army seems to be more or less melting away. The US is estimated to have spent nearly 100 billion dollars training the Afghan army and police force. Speaking of money wasted, in April, Brown University's Cost of War Project calculated the total cost of the Afghanistan war at more than two trillion dollars.
The U.S. settler-colonial state is doomed for the same reason Israel is doomed
However, the "American" and "Israeli" states preside over distinct conditions, ones which are causing their downfalls to unfold in different ways. It's unsurprising that Hitler took direct inspiration from U.S. indigenous genocide and the Jim Crow laws. This last year has shown that Israel also can't annex the West Bank for fear of political blowback. Like Hitler, Israel's dream is to replicate the kind of spectacular success in colonial genocide which the Americans have achieved. That's how strong the North American genocide has made the settler state we live under.
Abandon Afghanistan and Don't Look Back
Joe Biden deserves nothing but praise and support for his decision to honor America's commitment, negotiated between the Trump administration and the Taliban, to finally withdraw from Afghanistan. In 2001 there were four Al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan; there were 6,000 in Pakistan. On 9/11 Osama bin Laden was almost certainly in Pakistan, not Afghanistan. Afghanistan under the Taliban will feel more like Pakistan than ISIS-held Syria. Don't abandon Afghanistan again, the war pigs will cry.
Global Warming and the Danger to Coastal Communities
A heat dome has settled over the Pacific northwest, extending into Canada and stretching as far south as Las Vegas, Nevada. Portland, Oregon reached an all-time high of 116 degrees F, least expected in a place known for a moderate climate. While one cannot ascribe individual extreme events to global warming, scientists expect their frequency to increase. A new study published in Nature Communications this week projects the threat of SLR on global coastal communities in numbers of people affected and comes up with the startling figure of 410 million. Yet with global warming, the threat of rising seawater levels for coastal communities all over the world is only likely to get worse.
How The Donald Lost His Teflon
[A severely edited version of this article was initially published as a one page "On the Couch" column in USA Today (the magazine).] Trump(Image by IoSonoUnaFotoCamera) Details DMCAWhat to do when a federal official exhibits all the diagnostic traits of a psychopath? (While the official manual of that society's mental health providers lacks a coherent list of these traits-making psychopaths harder to recognize). Worse still, say the society is also so politically polarized, that nearly half will support the official-regardless of their psychopathy. And besides, political changes alone seem inadequate-as it often takes decades, generations, even centuries, before political solutions become psychologically internalized.
On growing up with real presidents
They are here, they listen to Fox "news" and I don't expect most of them to change or go away. For me, Trump has been a major threat ever since he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president. Some 142 noted historians were surveyed by CNN for the cable news network's latest rating of American presidents. Richard M Nixon (number 31) ended my personal winning streak of presidents and it was mediocrity or worse, in my opinion, until Barack Obama in 2008. I grew up with mature, responsible men as presidents, men who put their country ahead of their party and certainly ahead of themselves.
DeSantis signs bill requiring Florida students, professors to register political views with state
Republicans have long held that universities promote left-wing ideologies and discriminate against conservative students and staff. Though the bill does not specify what the survey results will be used for, both DeSantis and Rodrigues suggested that the state could institute budget cuts if university students and staff do not respond in a satisfactory manner. "That's not worth tax dollars and that's not something that we're going to be supporting moving forward," DeSantis said. Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson was more pointed in his criticism Tuesday at a meeting of the state university system's Board of Governors, calling the institutions "socialism factories" — again without much detail on what makes the schools so left-wing. "We always hear about the liberal parts of the university system, and we don't hear so much of that from the college system," he said, according to The Tampa Bay Times.
DeSantis Signs Law Requiring Florida Colleges to Survey Student Political Views
The unprecedented project, which was tucked into a law signed Tuesday by Republican Gov. “That’s not worth tax dollars and that’s not something that we’re going to be supporting moving forward,” DeSantis said. Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson was more pointed in his criticism Tuesday at a meeting of the state university system’s Board of Governors, calling the institutions “socialism factories” — again without much detail on what makes the schools so left-wing. “We always hear about the liberal parts of the university system, and we don’t hear so much of that from the college system,” he said, according to The Tampa Bay Times. Those are the values that we need to get our country back to.”This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license.
States Are Attacking the Teaching of Racism. Where Are the Teachers Unions?
But the heads of teachers’ unions — like the AFT and the NEA — are refusing to organize workers to fight back. Critical race theory comes from the academic field of legal studies and explores the effects of race on policy and law. Teachers’ unions upset their plans again and again. Union Leaders Respond — WeaklyThe laws against teaching “critical race theory” are a direct attack on teachers’ work. In other words, they could help build exactly the kind of power between the anti-racist movement and teachers’ unions that the Republicans are terrified of.
Teachers’ Unions Are Pushing Back Against Attacks on Anti-Racist Education
Fox News alone has already mentioned “critical race theory” more than 1,800 times in 2021. The union also said it opposes attempts to ban critical race theory as well as the New York Time’s 1619 Project on slavery. The New York Post, a right-wing tabloid, erroneously claimed the resolution conveys the union’s support for pushing critical race theory into the classroom. The resolution says it’s reasonable for curriculums to be informed by academic frameworks, including critical race theory. Pundits and politicians known for pushing conspiracy theories have “manufactured outrage” to push a political agenda and stoke fears about public education.
Mitch McConnell Says Bipartisanship Is “Over.” Believe Him.
Responding to a later question about infrastructure, Roy dismissed the administrations proposals as “liberal garbage” before saying, “I actually say, ‘Thank the Lord. If you doubt this, look no further than Kentucky, home state of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. NBC News national political reporter Sahil Kapur recently attended a question-and-answer session between McConnell and Kentucky voters. Either McConnell was channeling Chip Roy or Roy was channeling McConnell, but both of them appear to be reading from the same script. Mitch McConnell said so into a live microphone, and on such matters, I take him entirely at his word.
How the Assassination of Haiti’s President Follows Years of Strife and Gridlock
The assassination of Mr. Moïse is the culmination of years of instability in the country, which has long been seized by lawlessness and violence. Haiti, once a slave colony notorious for the brutality of its masters, won independence from France after slaves revolted and defeated Napoleon Bonaparte’s forces in 1803. For two decades, the country suffered under the dictatorship of François Duvalier, known as Papa Doc, and then his son, Jean-Claude, known as Baby Doc. A priest from a poor area, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, became the first democratically elected president in 1990. Mr. Aristide was re-elected in 2000, but forced out again after another armed uprising and went into exile.
Opinion : Why U.S. military academies should teach critical race theory
This extends to understanding ourselves as the U.S. military. The military was among the first institutions to desegregate and has a celebrated history of diversity in its ranks, though that history has long been complicated. For instance, serving in the military was a path to freedom for some enslaved people, and thousands of Black soldiers, both enslaved and free, fought for America as early as the Revolutionary War. At the same time, George Washington is said to have initially opposed the recruitment of Black soldiers.
North Carolina's lieutenant governor backs anti-CRT effort: Kids should understand 'greatness of this nation'
North Carolina's first African American lieutenant governor is throwing his support behind a nationwide initiative to challenge what's being called racial "indoctrination" in schools. A video released Wednesday shows Republican Mark Robinson discussing his upbringing and why the fight against critical race theory (CRT) is so important to him. "Growing up poor here in North Carolina, our family saw many struggles … my father was an alcoholic," Robinson said in a video posted by the anti-CRT group 1776 Action. GROUP INSPIRED BY TRUMP'S 1776 COMMISSION SEEKS TO COMBAT ‘ANTI-AMERICAN INDOCTRINATION’ IN EDUCATION"We saw a lot of domestic violence in our house," he added. We want to make sure that our children understand the greatness of this nation, they understand the greatness of their founding documents, and those who founded the nation as well."
Critical race theory author headlines AFT conference on educating kids
Author and prominent critical race theory advocate Ibram X. Kendi will headline a discussion about educating children Wednesday at an American Federation of Teachers conference — set to cover "developing anti-racist mindsets and actions" with the second-largest teachers union in America. "?"One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist. LARGEST TEACHERS UNION SAYS CRITICAL RACE THEORY IS 'REASONABLE AND APPROPRIATE' FOR KIDSOpponents of critical race theory say it ?is a form of Marxism and an attempt to indoctrinate school children that America is inherently a racist country. The National Education Association recently passed a resolution pledging to "fight back" against critics of teaching the theory in schools. Randi Weingarten, the AFT president, said she will protect teachers who include critical race theory in their classrooms.
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United States · 10:20 AM UTC Analysis: Biden kept a Trump-era border policy in place - that was a mistake, allies sayU.S. President Joe Biden has frustrated allies by keeping in place a Trump-era border expulsion policy opposed by human rights activists and health experts, and has appeared to gain little politically as Republicans criticize his handling of the border.
Give people safe access to public waters
Increasing fines is not a terrible idea on its face if it discourages reckless swimming in particularly dangerous public open water and raises funds for water safety and education programs. But it should be done selectively in areas where swimming access is truly a higher risk. AdvertisementInstead, the state ought to be helping people use more public waters more responsibly and safely. Moreover, the answer to unequal access to water safety education is not to close off relatively safe areas where mostly experienced swimmers exercise in the open water. AdvertisementThe devastating high toll of drownings this year may be evidence that more people want to access public waters and in doing so, more people incur the real risks posed by swimming in natural areas.
Biden suplica a los escépticos que se vacunen para frenar la variante delta
Funciona, es gratis y nunca ha sido tan fácil, ni tan importante", dijo Biden en un discurso en la Casa Blanca. El Gobierno es consciente de que esas cifras no son suficientes para frenar la pandemia, y las súplicas de Biden ilustraron la dificultad de borrar la desconfianza que muchos estadounidenses sienten todavía por las vacunas y por la campaña gubernamental para promoverlas. MÁS:Biden pide aprobar una reforma migratoria para ganar la 'competición' global"Vamos a poner todavía más énfasis en que puedan vacunarse en su comunidad, cerca de casa. También consiste en urgir a las empresas a que ofrezcan las vacunas en los lugares de trabajo y den a sus empleados tiempo libre pagado para que puedan inocularse. El equipo contra la covid-19 de la Casa Blanca ha reconocido que está en una carrera para intentar que los estadounidenses que no se han vacunado o que solo han recibido una dosis completen la pauta antes de que la variante delta se convierta en la predominante en el país, algo que ocurrirá previsiblemente en las próximas semanas.
Biden seeks to strengthen options for workers with new order
President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order that will reduce the ability of employers to prevent workers from going to rival firms and remove some of the state occupational licensing requirements that make it harder to land a job. The order is designed to improve workers’ opportunities in the economy, increase their chances of employment and generate more competition among U.S. employers, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday. A 2019 analysis by the liberal Economic Policy Institute estimated that 36 million to 60 million workers could be subject to noncompete agreements. The order also seeks to ban “unnecessary” occupational licensing that can hurt the earning power of military spouses, skilled immigrants and former prisoners. This effort builds on work begun in 2015 by the Obama administration to get states to reduce the burdens from their licensing requirements.
Tucker Carlson calls for teachers to wear body cameras to prevent critical race theory teaching
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has called for body cameras to worm by all teachers, during a segment where he railed against “critical race theory”. “The overwhelming majority of Americans, and pollsters have found this pretty clearly, think this is insane,” Mr Carlson said about critical race theory on 6 July. “It is BS, in fact it’s more than that, it’s civilization-ending poison.”Critical race theory (CRT) is a school of thought that began in the 1970s. “Tucker Carlson wants cameras in every classroom to make sure teachers aren't teaching whatever it is he’s defining as ‘critical race theory,’” wrote Andrew Lawerence from Media Matters For America. In reply, a teacher said that she loved “knowing I’m one of those teacher(s) Tucker Carlson fears”.
The Supreme Court and its Trump-chosen justices is poised to change America for the worse
The US Supreme Court’s conservative supermajority is looking to take away your rights. Yet a look at past decisions cast by the Supreme Court Justices means we need to take this challenge seriously. Justice Thomas has criticized abortion jurisprudence and said that the Supreme Court should be open to reconsidering precedent, including on abortion rights, in the past. This issue and others that progressives face with a testosterone-heavy, conservative Supreme Court could be changed by President Biden and the Democratically-held Congress. In April of this year, Biden issued an executive order to study reforms to the Supreme Court.
The Man Behind China’s Aggressive New Voice
Zhang Feng, a prominent foreign-policy scholar, published a blog post on China’s “self-defeating” discourse. Once too abstract and difficult to understand, Zhang wrote, China’s diplomatic discourse had now swung in the other direction. Just before his confrontation with Susan Rice, Zhao promoted a United Nations resolution echoing China’s position on Xinjiang. “Even if [China’s] reputation is damaged,” Gewirtz said, “the view of China being powerful and having a louder voice and greater strength is still there.”Australia may be a harbinger. In Australia’s case, at least, the point of wolf-warrior diplomacy is, in fact, to be disliked — or, more precisely, feared.
Opinion | Require a Year of National Service?
The stone was green with moss by then, but the bridge was still in use. He signed up and lived in a camp for a year, earning a little money and developing self-esteem. Even though his work was voluntary, I agree with Dr. Holloway that a year of mandatory service in something like the C.C.C. It feels as though many people in our country, particularly our young, need help appreciating the most basic joy of work worth doing. Patricia McCordSahuarita, Ariz.To the Editor:The idea of national service for all young American citizens is a terrible idea.
‘The democracy is not perfect’: Howard University’s president leans into political battles
“Howard has been on a caravan to social justice for 153-154 years,” Howard University President Wayne A.I. And Vice President Kamala Harris has brought her Bison pride to the highest political office Howard alums have ever notched. How does Howard foster a diversity of political thought within Black youth? How does Howard actively establish a relationship with each administration? I think it happens because Howard University grads [elect] to be engaged in all aspects of society.
Here is what’s on Gov. Greg Abbott’s agenda for the Texas special legislative session
Election legislation, critical race theory, border security and transgender student athletes are among the topics Texas lawmakers are expected to take up when they return to Austin on Thursday for a special legislative session. Greg Abbott announced 11 items on the agenda for the special session Wednesday after previously offering some items for legislators to consider but not providing the full list. “The 87th Legislative Session was a monumental success for the people of Texas, but we have unfinished business to ensure that Texas remains the most exceptional state in America,” Abbott said in a statement. Election Integrity : Abbott would like to see proposals “strengthening the integrity of elections in Texas.” Senate Bill 7, the primary election bill last legislative session, died after House Democrats walked out on the legislature’s final night and broke quorum. Border Security : Abbott has made border security a top issue in recent months as he’s criticized the Biden administration for not doing enough to secure the border.
Column: Biden knows Afghanistan will get uglier. No wonder he'd rather not talk about it
An Afghan soldier passes mine-resistant vehicles left behind by the American military, which last week pulled out of Bagram air base. (Rahmat Gul / Associated Press)Last week, when reporters asked President Biden whether he worried that Afghanistan’s government might collapse in the face of Taliban military advances, he responded with ill-concealed annoyance. It’s no mystery why: Subjects like job-creation reports or the U.S. recovery from the pandemic let Biden talk about successes. “The devastation and the killings … President Biden is going to own these ugly images,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) warned this week. So even if Biden would rather talk about “happy things,” he’ll have to remain engaged in Afghanistan — for political reasons as well as for national security and humanitarian ones.
US Department of Education approves $138m for R.I. schools
Earlier this year, the department distributed two thirds of the APR ESSER funds, which totaled $81 billion, to 50 states and Washington D.C. The remaining third of the funding to states were made available once state plans were approved. Rhode Island will use the money to safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of the state’s K-12 schools and “equitably expand opportunity for students who need it most, particularly those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the education department. AdvertisementRhode Island is receiving more than $415 million in ARP and ESSER funds, and Wednesday’s release of funds are the final $138 million of that allotment. Also on Wednesday, the department approved school plans for South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Arkansas, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia.
Another $611 million for Massachusetts schools: Feds sign off on state plan for federal school relief funding
About 90 percent of the final disbursement goes directly to school districts, and the remaining 10 percent is controlled by the state, according to a spokeswoman for the state education agency. Wednesday’s approval will release $611 million to state leaders, part of the total $1.8 billion the state is receiving from the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds. AdvertisementThe US Department of Education also approved Rhode Island’s plan on Wednesday and released $138 million in funds to the state. Advertisement“This funding is critical to supporting and re-engaging students and to accelerating learning,” state Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley said in a statement. Her calls came after a Globe story this week found that only 29 of the 63 school buildings used for summer learning have air conditioning.
A Chicago duo, after connecting teens during COVID-19, is using that connective force, marshaling the energy toward social justice in a ‘new normal’
For Dutta, the work has helped spark a love for social justice campaigns. “It’s just made me realize how important it is to, if you see a problem taking place, just making sure that if you have the ability to solve it, to do that,” she said. Dutta also works with The Borgen Project, a nonprofit that addresses extreme poverty.
Union will defend teachers in 'critical race theory' fights
Many of the bills are intended to bar the teaching of critical race theory -- an academic framework that examines history through the lens of racism. “Mark my words: Our union will defend any member who gets in trouble for teaching honest history,” Weingarten said in her address. Instead, she says conservatives are invoking the theory to bully teachers and prevent any critical discussion of the nation's history. To help, the union is recruiting 20 teachers in three school districts to produce new classroom materials and share them with other teachers across the country. “Teachers supporting teachers, unions and school officials supporting school staff, and all of us supporting students and families.”
Philanthropies eagerly back journalist Hannah-Jones
Backed by $20 million in donations, Hannah-Jones announced Tuesday the establishment of the Center for Journalism and Democracy at Howard to increase diversity in journalism. “It is important in a democracy like America, that journalism reflects America,” said Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation. At Howard, Hannah-Jones has “accepted something that is more meaningful and more valuable to her. With Hannah-Jones’ departure, there are two vacant Knight Chairs at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Knight Foundation does not plan to cut ties with the school, despite the controversy surrounding her extended tenure fight, which was marked by allegations of racism and a conservative backlash to her work.
Myanmar protesters commemorate 1962 student resistance
More than a dozen university student unions called on young people to protest military dictatorship as their forebears did in 1962, the online Mizzima news site reported. Similar protests were held in Mandalay, the country’s second biggest city, and elsewhere, according to Myanmar media. Students have historically been the vanguard in political change in Myanmar, starting when it was a British colony called Burma. But Ne Win's iron-fisted use of troops to crush the student protests in 1962 effectively halted serious political opposition for a generation until a major but unsuccessful 1988 democracy uprising. To symbolically crush the movement, Ne Win’s regime blew up the Rangoon University Students’ Union building, a historic center of resistance, the following day.
Myanmar protesters commemorate 1962 student resistance
More than a dozen university student unions called on young people to protest military dictatorship as their forebears did in 1962, the online Mizzima news site reported. Similar protests were held in Mandalay, the country’s second biggest city, and elsewhere, according to Myanmar media. Students have historically been the vanguard in political change in Myanmar, starting when it was a British colony called Burma. But Ne Win's iron-fisted use of troops to crush the student protests in 1962 effectively halted serious political opposition for a generation until a major but unsuccessful 1988 democracy uprising. To symbolically crush the movement, Ne Win’s regime blew up the Rangoon University Students’ Union building, a historic center of resistance, the following day.
American men suffer 'friendship recession' with 15% not having ONE close friend
American men are experiencing a friendship recession, with nearly one in five not having one close friend, a new poll has found. Singletons fare the worse, with one in five reporting not having any close friends. The lack of fellowship unsurprisingly has psychological impacts, with more than half of people with three or fewer close friends saying they felt lonely in the last week. In a recent interview, psychotherapist Robert Garfield said men tend to 'stash their friendships away', reaching out only at infrequent intervals. The Survey Center on American Life identified several reasons behind the decline in friendship across both sexes.
The GOP’s very stubborn vaccine skepticism
It’s possible a door-to-door campaign might be somewhat effective in combating vaccine skepticism, but what if someone instead simply dumped millions of dollars into an ad playing up the fact that Trump was vaccinated and playing video of his handful of comments advocating for it? It would sure be helpful if Trump actually participated in such an ad — as every other living former president has — but that wouldn’t even be strictly necessary. Some of these comments even carry the important visual imprimatur of Trump having said them on Fox News. The ad practically writes itself. But right now such important GOP endorsements are being drowned out by the likes of Tucker Carlson’s show using innuendo and poor research to cast doubt on the vaccines.
Can Americans’ patriotism coexist with their country’s shameful past?
“Today, the Democratic party has doubled down on this shameful history by replacing the racism of the past with the racism of critical race theory. But the concept of critical race theory being depicted in these attacks bears little relationship to the academic theory. Quickly put: critical race theory is primarily a graduate-school-level concept that has been around for about four decades and was obscure until conservative activists ramped up anger about it. Actual critical race theory basically says that racism is ingrained in U.S. society and institutions. So if, when Republicans talk about critical race theory, they are not talking about critical race theory, what are they talking about?
Why Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema won’t change their minds.
Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are marching down that staircase anyway. It is clear what will happen if the filibuster isn’t abolished: Voting rights legislation will not be passed. Instead of securing the right to vote, Manchin and Sinema are hellbent on preserving that beloved American principle: the filibuster. They value this more, it would seem, than voting rights, the ability to legislate, or the future of American democracy. It would be amazing if it became the Manchin and Sinema Redemption Story: How They Changed Their Minds and Saved Democracy.
Critical race theory author headlines AFT conference on educating kids
Author and prominent critical race theory advocate Ibram X. Kendi will headline a discussion about educating children Wednesday at an American Federation of Teachers conference — set to cover “developing anti-racist mindsets and actions” with the second-largest teachers union in America. The National Education Association recently passed a resolution pledging to “fight back” against critics of teaching the theory in schools. AFT president Randi Weingarten vowed to protect teachers who include critical race theory in their classrooms. Alamy Stock PhotoRandi Weingarten, the AFT president, said she will protect teachers who include critical race theory in their classrooms. “The backlash [to teaching about race] that you see in these radicalized circles is going to hurt kids,” Weingarten told EducationWeek in an interview.
We just had another ransomware attack. It’s time Biden gave Putin an ultimatum.
Clearly, even faced with such a threat, Putin may still choose not to cooperate. He may think Biden is bluffing, since some U.S. allies, who’ve become increasingly reliant on Russia-supplied energy, would be hurt by the sanctions. Putin may also hope to extract concessions from the U.S. in exchange for cooperation — for instance, acquiescence to Russia’s domestic Internet censorship as a cybersecurity issue, a long-standing Russian priority. He might not try merely to avoid future sanctions, which Putin likely considers an inevitable and even acceptable cost of forcing Washington to deal with Moscow as a great power. He may hope to delay any serious negotiations with Washington until he is in a stronger position at home.
Opinion : The delta variant is sending the world a warning
Even if you and everyone you know are vaccinated, there are still billions of people in the world who aren’t. Have you investigated what charities are on the job, and given generously? Have you called your legislators and told them you want the United States to fund vaccine production and distribution for countries that can’t afford it themselves? We are all in this together, and none of us will be safe until everyone is, everywhere.
Workers find 10 more victims in collapsed Florida condo, bringing confirmed death toll to 46
The increase in the death toll comes as hope in finding survivors is fading. Workers in helmets and ventilator masks continued to comb through the wreckage using shovels, drills, backhoes and other heavy machinery looking signs of life. The crews have moved more than 5 million tons of concrete since the early morning collapse on June 24, and “evidentiary debris” is being carefully labeled, sorted and warehoused in the longer-term search for answers.
Opinion: The best way for the US and other democracies to deal with China
Many advanced industrial democracies are accordingly taking overdue steps to enhance their individual and collective resilience. In March, US-based Energy Fuels and Canadian-based Neo Performance Materials announced a partnership to strengthen North American and European rare earths supply chains. Technology standardsAdvanced industrial democracies are also poised to play a more active role in shaping the standards that will govern core emerging technologies. That same month, the Quad established a Critical and Emerging Technology Working Group to enhance coordination on technology standards development. Technology standards emerge gradually, and democracies have significant disagreements amongst themselves over what those standards should be — not just concerns over those Beijing is promulgating.
After Surfside horror, we may never look at beach condo living in Florida the same way | Opinion
We may never look at beachfront condo living in the same innocent way again, with the heart of a poet yearning for the sea and the wallet of a professional needing to decompress, no questions asked. For days, I’ve been trying to put an end to anxiety dreams by looking back, remembering the good and the bad of those years of beachfront condo living in Miami Beach. If there’s such a thing as belated PTSD from living in an old building by the sea, I have it. On high tide days, sea water accumulated in the underground parking — and this was back in the early ‘90s, when climate change wasn’t common parlance. Two days before condo collapse, a pool contractor photographed this damage in garageIf Florida politicians do take the right action to ensure the safety of buildings, the market will bounce back.
Randy Leite: DeWine, legislators should be applauded for investments in Appalachian kids and communities
Randy LeiteGuest ColumnistOnly a few months ago, we anticipated children, families, teachers and health care providers across southeast Ohio would be entering the toughest state budget cycle in generations. Mike DeWine’s signature on the biennial budget, we are happy to report that our state leaders not only answered our call for aid in southeast Ohio, they exceeded our expectations. For more than two decades, state leaders have punted on solving the problem of underinvesting in schools with high rates of child poverty. DeWine, House Speaker Bob Cupp and Senate President Matt Huffman have done what many others failed to do: They invested in rural, Appalachian schools and kids. The continuance or expansion of programs that directly or indirectly improve the lives of children in rural Ohio are also heartening.
Biden seeks to strengthen options for workers with new order
President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order that will reduce the ability of employers to prevent workers from going to rival firms and remove some of the state occupational licensing requirements that make it harder to land a job. The order is designed to improve workers' leverage in the economy, increase their chances of employment and generate more competition among U.S. employers, a person familiar with the order said Wednesday, insisting on anonymity ahead of its release. It would be a key test as to whether empowering workers will lead to pay hikes and smooth the way for them to move to parts of the country where their skills are most in demand. It also enables Biden to show in the 2022 congressional elections how Democratic policies are focused on workers, a key argument as Republicans have increasingly tried to frame their party as backing the working class.
Trump’s Claims of Tax Genius May Undermine Legal Defense of Ignorance
Faced with an indictment of his family’s business empire for criminal tax fraud, former President Donald Trump previewed a defense strategy—of sorts—over the weekend: ignorance of the law. “I don’t even know. Does anybody know the answer to that stuff?” he shrugged on Saturday, in front of adoring fans at a political rally in Sarasota, Florida. The twice-impeached former president’s remarks provoked a flurry of reactions from some legal commentators and pundits, who saw a besieged client running his mouth in public, and potentially undermining his legal team’s carefully manicured strategies.
The Taxman Cometh
From 1985 to 2018, the average corporate tax rate worldwide dropped from 49 percent to 24 percent. Its most important element was a global minimum corporate tax rate of “at least” 15 percent. Under this proposal, authorities would identify the share of each multinational’s global profits that is undertaxed below the agreed minimum rate. The door to formulary apportionment and global minimum tax rates has been cracked open. Or what would be the country equivalent of corporate profit or the corporate equivalent of corporate tax revenues?
Fox News host says Native American land 'wasn't stolen': 'We won this land on the battlefield'
Fox News host Jesse Watters made two separate comments Tuesday about American land being "stolen." Even when asked about Native Americans, Watters insisted the US "won this land on the battlefield." Fox News host Jesse Watters went on-air Tuesday to say American land was never "stolen," just "won on the battlefield" and "bought." We won that territory on the battlefield," Watters said. "Well first, we did not steal this land," Watters said.
Blinken meets with Uighur internment camp survivors
WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Tuesday with Uighurs who survived internment camps in China’s Xinjiang region, in a bid to promote human rights and highlight Beijing’s “genocide” against the Muslim minority group. America’s top diplomat met with seven survivors, advocates and relatives of people still detained in Xinjiang, State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a readout of the roundtable meeting. ADVERTISEMENTThe purpose was to help show US commitment to “calling for an end to the People’s Republic of China’s ongoing crimes against humanity and genocide against Uighurs and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang,” Price said. Rights groups believe at least one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities have been incarcerated in camps in the northwestern region, where China is also accused of forcibly sterilizing women and imposing forced labor. Beijing has strongly denied the allegations and says training programs, work schemes and better education have helped stamp out extremism in the region.
Julie Mehretu's monumental paintings almost overwhelm the Whitney Museum of American Art
All of this makes us think about time and temporality. But Mehretu’s pieces suggest time in other ways, as well. As when we listen to music, when we look at her work we become keenly aware of how some things happen simultaneously, while others are perceived in series. The moment a work of art makes you aware of time, it opens a giant playground for the mind because time is, in itself, incomprehensible. We grasp for metaphors or analogues, such as history and memory, or growth and decay or revolution and retrenchment.
Opinion : It’s time for Biden to make the case for vaccine requirements
There’s another measure that’s just as important: Surround yourself with others who are also vaccinated. Colleges and universities understand this, which is why hundreds of them have already announced that they will require vaccinations for their students and employees come fall. Many hospitals are mandating employees to receive the covid-19 shot as part of their required immunizations. More workplaces should be instituting these mandates to protect employees and their families, and the Biden administration needs to assist with these efforts. It should begin with changing its messaging to say that while vaccines do protect the vaccinated very well, it matters that others around are them are vaccinated, too.
Deroy Murdock: Dems' electric car dreams running low on battery
"When you go home and plug your car into the electric socket in the garage, where do you think that electricity comes from?" Until something huge changes, Teslas, Chevy Bolts, Nissan Leafs, and other sexy electric cars will be powered chiefly by natural gas, uranium, coal, or dams. Renewables generated just 13 percent of U.S. electricity in 2020, according to the latest Department of Energy data. Fuels the Democrat-Left hates: 87 percent. Where will e-car manufacturers acquire the scarce resources needed to build these vehicles and their batteries in the first place?
Douglas Murray slams pro-critical race theory support hinged on 'shame' and 'embarrassment'
"The Madness of Crowds" author Douglas Murray slammed American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten for threatening legal battles against anyone who reprimand teachers that lecture on critical race theory. Murray said support for CRT comes from a dishonest appraisal of American history that instills "shame" and "embarrassment." DOUGLAS MURRAY: Nobody, I think, is against the idea of having an honest appraisal of history. The thing that a lot of people are now against, a lot of American parents, is that they're against the dishonest appraisal of American history being given by the CRT crowd. You know, there used to be a story of American history that was bold and brave and encouraging, and something that people looked up to.
Hong Kong arrested six high school students in alleged 'local terrorism' plot
Hong Kong authorities said they have thwarted an alleged plot to bomb train stations, court buildings and tunnels organized by advocates for the city's independence from China. Nine people between the ages of 15 and 29 had been arrested, including six high school students. CNN's Kristie Lu Stout reports.
With ‘Redemption,’ filmed at the Harris Theater, Adrian Dunn and his Singers meld choral classical, gospel and hip hop on their own terms
Another thing classical music (or, more accurately, classical music institutions) does a good job of separating from the music? Any hint of provocation. The 36-year-old Dunn says his retooling of the spirituals and gospel songs in “Redemption” is rooted in a millennial perspective — one which rejects apoliticization and is more willing to call anti-Black violence what it is inside the concert hall. “Redemption” sometimes even stretches the songs themselves to emphasize that vantage point. For example, Dunn altered the refrain of the spiritual “I Open My Mouth to the Lord,” dedicated here to both Eric Garner and George Floyd, from “... and I won’t turn back” to the more decisive “I’ll never turn back.” He also cut out the lyrics “I will go / I shall go / To see what the end’s going to be” — because, as far as Dunn is concerned, Garner and Floyd never got to see that end.
Readers respond: Wheeler recall misses true target
The misguided recall effort against Mayor Ted Wheeler (“No Portland mayor has faced a recall vote in nearly 90 years. Ted Wheeler could,” July 2) is not focusing on the real problem with Portland – the current form of city government. If these so-called progressive activists want to succeed in their meaningful goals, they should spend their time, energy and money replacing Portland’s unsuccessful form of government, not the mayor. This recall effort is just an extension of the mean-spirited civic demonization that has eroded Portland’s unity. Frank DiMarco, Portland
Union will defend teachers in ‘critical race theory’ fights
Many of the bills are intended to bar the teaching of critical race theory — an academic framework that examines history through the lens of racism. Weingarten said the union is adding $2.5 million to an existing legal defense fund in anticipation of local fights over the teaching of race. The funding will be used to defend teachers who are disciplined for teaching about slavery and racism. Once an obscure academic idea, critical race theory has become a political rallying cry for Republicans who argue that it sows division and makes children feel guilty for being White. Instead, she says conservatives are invoking the theory to bully teachers and prevent any critical discussion of the nation’s history.
Philanthropies eagerly back journalist Hannah-Jones
The best way to fund Hannah-Jones’ ongoing work was to “join with the Ford Foundation and Knight Foundation, and to make a larger grant than we anticipated to the new Howard center,” Palfrey said. “This was certainly an unplanned grant. The newly announced gifts add to the estimated $1 billion in philanthropic funding that has been given to journalism-related initiatives in the U.S. during the past five years, according to preliminary data from the philanthropy research organization Candid. One large gift of $20 million is rare for the industry, but it’s not unheard of. The Knight First Amendment Institute, which defends the freedoms of speech and the press, was established in 2016 at Columbia University with a $30 million gift from the Knight Foundation.
Philanthropic donors back Nikole Hannah-Jones at Howard University
Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones used major philanthropic donors to build her future as a tenured professor at Howard University, just as other major donors sought to stymie the Pulitzer prize-winning Black investigative reporter at the University of North Carolina (UNC). Backed by $20m in donations, Hannah-Jones announced on Tuesday that she will establish the Center for Journalism and Democracy at Howard to increase diversity in journalism. The millionaire donor said he was informed about Hannah-Jones’s appointment in August and expressed concerns about her work with the 1619 Project to the dean of the journalism school and top university administrators. I didn’t lobby against her appointment.”A group of nearly 40 faculty from the journalism school wrote a statement criticizing the university for its “humiliating, inappropriate and unjust” treatment of Hannah-Jones. The new center will attempt to tackle the lack of racial diversity in many newsrooms and media senior management.
Dahabo Ahmed-Omer: Our political leaders have allowed a climate of anti-Muslim hate to fester in Canada
Share this Story: Dahabo Ahmed-Omer: Our political leaders have allowed a climate of anti-Muslim hate to fester in CanadaDahabo Ahmed-Omer: Our political leaders have allowed a climate of anti-Muslim hate to fester in Canada It is our political leadership who should be held accountable for allowing this polarization to take place. Try refreshing your browser, or Dahabo Ahmed-Omer: Our political leaders have allowed a climate of anti-Muslim hate to fester in Canada Back to video Four years later, a driver slammed into a Muslim family out for a stroll in London, Ont. Article content Anti-Muslim hate and Islamophobia did not grow overnight in Canada. They must be taken to task for unleashing Islamophobic discourse over the years, which has only exacerbated anti-Muslim hate today. That is why we must recognize the need to quell the increasing climate of hate and fear; and we must condemn anti-Muslim hate and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.
Preston Manning: Who should speak for science in the public arena?
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Andy Harris, Maryland’s only Republican in Congress, fears being written off the map. Some say it could happen.
“Andy Harris is absolutely in danger of being written right out of Congress when these new districts are drawn, and I’m sure he is aware of that. And there is not much he can do to stop it,” Eberly said. “He’s sort of a thorn in the side of the Democratic Party … he’s probably put a target on his back.”
Conditions are ripe for repeat of 1970s stagflation and 2008 debt crisis | Nouriel Roubini
Conversely, during the 2007-08 financial crisis, high debt ratios (private and public) caused a severe debt crisis – as housing bubbles burst – but the ensuing recession led to low inflation, if not outright deflation. But in the meantime, the same loose policies that are feeding asset bubbles will continue to drive consumer price inflation, creating the conditions for stagflation whenever the next negative supply shocks arrive. Making matters worse, central banks have effectively lost their independence because they have been given little choice but to monetise massive fiscal deficits to forestall a debt crisis. But even in the second scenario, policymakers would not be able to prevent a debt crisis. The stagflation of the 1970s will soon meet the debt crises of the post-2008 period.
Taliban Attack a Provincial Capital in Afghanistan’s North, Freeing Prisoners
On Tuesday, the Taliban broke into the Badghis provincial jail and freed those inside, said Mirwais, a police officer in Qala-i-Naw who like many Afghans goes by one name. Taliban attacks on provincial capitals are prohibited under the deal on troop withdrawal that the United States signed with the insurgent group last year. But in some cases, local Taliban commanders have taken advantage of their gains and attacked some cities. It is unclear, however, if the Taliban will try and hold the city outright. On Tuesday, Taliban fighters ambushed a large convoy of Afghan security forces on their way to Qala-i-Nau, killing dozens.
Opinion: The real meaning of Belarus' kidnapping of American citizen
She is a frequent opinion contributor to CNN, a contributing columnist to The Washington Post and a columnist for World Politics Review. That dictator was Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus and one of the world's longest-ruling autocrats. Frida GhitisYouras Ziankovich, a lawyer with American citizenship, has been in Belarussian hands since April. She says she put together a sequence of events by speaking to his lawyer and hotel witnesses in Moscow. The kidnappers drove him more than 400 miles from Moscow to the Belarussian capital, Minsk, where he was sent to the Belarus KGB's pretrial detention center.
Philanthropies eagerly back journalist Hannah-Jones
FILE - In this Tuesday, July 6, 2021, file photo, Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones is interviewed at her home in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)FILE - In this Tuesday, July 6, 2021, file photo, Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones is interviewed at her home in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Backed by $20 million in donations, Hannah-Jones announced Tuesday that she will establish the Center for Journalism and Democracy at Howard to increase diversity in journalism. Backed by $20 million in donations, Hannah-Jones announced Tuesday the establishment of the Center for Journalism and Democracy at Howard to increase diversity in journalism. At Howard, Hannah-Jones has “accepted something that is more meaningful and more valuable to her.
Conservatives are leaving America wide open to the Delta variant
The reason is the Delta variant, which is much more contagious and possibly more deadly and now makes up the overwhelming majority of U.K. infections. But the Delta variant has been detected across the country, and many conservative states are far behind the U.K. in getting vaccinated. It's virtually certain that some or all of them will see major surges at some point, which will be much more deadly. Now, Donald Trump and a number of other Republican politicians (possibly worried about economic damage) have halfheartedly tried to recommend vaccination. Thousands and thousands of Americans are going to die of an easily preventable illness in the second half of this year, and the bulk of them are going to be conservative vaccine refuseniks who got tricked by idiots and charlatans.
Today’s Headlines: Violence in L.A. is on an alarming rise
Homicides are up 25% so far this year across Los Angeles, although the brunt of the increase has been felt in South Los Angeles, where killings have jumped 50% over the same time last year. Newsletter Must-read stories from the L.A. Times Get all the day's most vital news with our Today's Headlines newsletter, sent every weekday morning. Enter email address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. As with the COVID-19 pandemic, the rise in violence has not been spread evenly in Los Angeles. FROM THE ARCHIVESFor years, the Los Angeles Times Charities supported the Los Angeles Boys Club in Lincoln Heights.
Hamilton County Democrat launches Ohio secretary of state campaign
COLUMBUS – Forest Park City Councilwoman Chelsea Clark announced a Democratic bid for Ohio secretary of state Wednesday. Clark, 36, was first elected to Forest Park City Council in 2017. She is vice-chair of the Forest Park Economic Development Commission and launched the city's first minority business initiative. "We need a secretary of state who will prioritize fairness, accessibility, and efficiency at the ballot box. We need a secretary of state who will protect democracy,” Clark said in a statement.
Philanthropies eagerly back journalist Hannah-Jones
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........NEW YORK — Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones used major philanthropic donors to build her future as a tenured professor at Howard University, just as other major donors sought to stymie the Pulitzer Prize-winning Black investigative reporter at the University of North Carolina. Backed by $20 million in donations, Hannah-Jones announced Tuesday the establishment of the Center for Journalism and Democracy at Howard to increase diversity in journalism. “It is important in a democracy like America, that journalism reflects America,” said Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation. At Howard, Hannah-Jones has “accepted something that is more meaningful and more valuable to her. The Knight Foundation does not plan to cut ties with the school, despite the controversy surrounding her extended tenure fight, which was marked by allegations of racism and a conservative backlash to her work.
Japanese fax fans rally to defence of much-maligned machine
Most bureaucrats might be expected to welcome the chance to be freed from the tyranny of the fax machine. Instead of embracing the digital age, however, hundreds of government offices mounted a defence of the much-maligned machine, insisting that banishing them would be “impossible”, according to the Hokkaido Shimbun. The war on fax machines is part of an attempt by the prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, to improve efficiency by embracing digitalisation for administrative procedures. Hanko are widely used in Japan for signing contracts, business transactions and various administrative procedures, including enrolling in the national pension programme. Ministries were urged to end hanko requirements for 785 types of procedure, or 96% of the total, including year-end tax adjustments and tax returns.
We Can Leave Bagram Behind, But We Can't Escape Its Scars
“We (heard) some rumor that the Americans had left Bagram ... and finally by seven o’clock in the morning, we understood that it was confirmed that they had already left Bagram,” Gen. Mir Asadullah Kohistani, Bagram’s new commander said. When the United States launched its invasion of Afghanistan, one of the first things we did was open a “detention facility” at Bagram. From the Guardian:The first American detention centre at Bagram airbase was set up soon after US troops arrived in the country in late 2001 to help topple the Taliban government. I’m more concerned that we remember the bad things that we brought to the place, embedding them in ourselves along the way. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.
New Laws Let Americans With Disabilities Vote Online. They’ve Also Resurrected The Debate About Voting Access vs. Election Security.
Since the dawn of the internet, someone has inevitably raised this question every election cycle: Why can’t we vote online? And every time, election security experts dutifully answer that there is currently no technological way to guarantee a secure online ballot. Despite that, some Americans are able to vote online — namely, military and overseas voters — and they have been for more than a decade. That debate gets at one of the core tensions in election infrastructure: Voting access and voting security are both essential for democracy, but prioritizing one often comes at the expense of the other. Voting security experts have consistently argued the technology is not yet advanced enough to allow for a private, secure online voting system.
Tucker Carlson’s Populism Is for the Small-Time Rich
What makes his defense of single-family zoning so instructive is that it’s both anti-free-market and anti-working-class. The cumulative consequence of local governments mandating single-family housing — along with myriad other zoning restrictions — is a massive housing shortage. But for the downtrodden “forgotten men and women” whom right-wing populists claim to champion, single-family zoning is actually a scourge. The Federal Housing Administration promoted suburban development by giving preferential treatment to loans on single-family housing outside urban centers. Faced with an instance in which the liberal, coastal elite is genuinely betraying the working class, Carlson rallies to the libs’ side.
Biden's infrastructure bill — no matter how "bipartisan" — will not defeat fascism
There are many more examples of the ways the Republican Party and its voters have rejected democracy and embraced authoritarianism. The Jim Crow Republican Party is currently engaged in a nationwide campaign to keep Black and brown people and other likely Democratic voters from voting at all. Republican voters have been propagandized and programmed with racist lies about "voter fraud" and "election integrity," and overwhelmingly support these attacks on democracy. Unfortunately, white identity politics and white rage are more important than pocketbook issues for many of today's Republican voters. The Democratic Party must develop better messaging that attacks the core brand identity of the Republican Party.
Opinion: Our fragile democracy depends on a robust economic recovery for all, so this is no time to slam on the brakes out of inflationary fears
But we should remember that people tend to trust democracy more when it delivers on its promises of stability, shared prosperity, and effective measures to fight poverty. “ American democracy is in trouble, and a robust, inclusive government-led recovery may offer the last best chance of putting it on a sounder footing. “ Getting the economy working again offers the best chance to rescue American democracy. Can American democracy be rescued through a well-crafted economic recovery? All the same, getting the economy working again offers the best chance to rescue American democracy.
Opinion: Cheat sheet: A 2014 memo explains our 2021 news
But no, too often our elected officials did nothing, except look the other way and make another speech. … Extreme heat events currently result in increases in human mortality and morbidity. … Extreme coastal storm events have caused excess human deaths and illnesses, particularly along the east coast of the United States, and the Gulf Coast. Coastal infrastructure is exposed to climate change impacts from both the landward and ocean sides. Farther south, the National Sequoia Forest, devastated by past wildfires, still awaits maximum climate change protection.
Opinion: Critical race theory opponents are targeting an imaginary foe
The phantom that must be kept at bay is none other than critical race theory. If they were to examine critical race theory, they would find it to be a benign and misunderstood specter, like Casper the Friendly Ghost. Critical race theory is an academic paradigm predicated on the idea that racism is systemic and not just the fruit of individual bad actors who harbor prejudice. Many of these opponents of critical race theory have only read articles criticizing the framework, rather than works by critical race theorists themselves. Those opposed to critical race theory need to take the first step to learn more about what it actually says, rather than parroting uninformed conservative talking points.
Stephens: Why China won’t bury the aimless free world
Instead, China’s government began with lies and has kept lying ever since, at the expense of public health everywhere. Nor is it merely the political lies, such as Beijing’s aggressive propaganda campaign to hide human-rights atrocities against the Uyghurs of Xinjiang. The real problem with the lying is that a regime that lies nonstop to others eventually lies to itself as well. The free world has its own huge problems with misinformation and dishonest politics. Xi Jinping may think that, one day, a disciplined and directed Chinese system will bury an aimless, unserious free world.
Haiti President Jovenel Moïse assassinated at his home in middle-of-the-night attack
Haiti’s economic, political and social woes have deepened recently, with gang violence spiking heavily in Port-au-Prince, inflation spiraling and food and fuel becoming scarcer at times in a country where 60% of the population makes less than $2 a day. These troubles come as Haiti still tries to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew that struck in 2016.
Cloudy with a chance of outrage: Fox prepares to launch a weather channel | Matthew Cantor
Fox Weather – forecast to arrive sometime this year under the oversight of the Fox News stalwarts Suzanne Scott and Sharri Berg – appears to address the media empire’s shifting business needs. Ratings for Fox News, CNN and MSNBC have fallen since Donald Trump left office, while the Weather Channel has seen its audience grow, according to the New York Times. That’s why Fox Weather will surely be more entertaining than the competition. One thing is for sure: Fox Weather isn’t taking any guff from the bleeding-heart tornado huggers at the Weather Channel. Seems the weather forecast is the next cold front in America’s culture wars, and the future is cloudy with a chance of outrage.
Mila affair: Eleven sentenced over online abuse
The other 11 defendants were given suspended sentences and so will only serve time in prison if they are convicted for other crimes. Some will also have to pay €1,500 ($1,773; £1,287) in damages to the teenager, as well as €1,000 for her legal fees.
Ben Crump: Blacks have always had a price. Floyd case brought new era of accountability.
Ben CrumpOpinion contributorDerek Chauvin’s 22.5-year prison sentence for the murder of unarmed Black man George Floyd should not have been historic. After so many Black lives have been wrongly extinguished at the hands of police with no consequences, we have real punishment. It’s long overdue recognition that Black lives have intrinsic value. Too often, Black life is treated as disposable, and those who threaten or end it face little or no consequence. Ben Crump is a civil rights attorney and founder of the national law firm Ben Crump Law, based in Tallahassee, Florida.
‘In the End We Felt Betrayed’: Vietnamese Veterans See Echoes in Afghanistan
Mr. Nguyen, wearing a ball cap from his old military unit, said those words sounded too much like the promises his country was given. “We never thought it could happen to us, never in your mind do you think you will lose your country,” Mr. Nguyen said. For years he flew American-supplied helicopters side by side with American military advisers. Just like in Afghanistan, the peace deal left out the local government, and allowed enemy forces to stay in place. In the end, he commandeered a helicopter, took as many men as he could, and flew to safety in Thailand.
Os Guinness: America’s Identity of 1776 Rests on God’s Law at Sinai, Woke Ideology on the Revolution of 1789 France
We’ve come a long way and become a great nation and a great power. But with great power comes great responsibility. According to historian Os Guinness, all our struggles and founding documents have as their fuel the covenant the Israelites made with God at Mt. The only true freedom in this world has as its author, The Almighty. But Guinness goes a step further and says God’s Law is the only source of true freedom.
A Rule Is A Rule, Even If It’s A Stupid Rule
Story #1: Will ranks his top 5 most patriotic songs, most patriotic movies, and best Presidents. Story #2 – A rule is a rule, even if it’s a stupid rule. Story #3 – College athletes are now getting paid but where does it end? Tell Will why he is right…or wrong. Twitter: @willcainInstagram: @cwillcain
Who Were The Signers Of The Declaration Of Independence?
This week, Senior Editor at National Review and Historian, Richard Brookhiser joins Abby in the classroom to help with her lesson plan on the signers of the Declaration of Independence. They discuss how the Second Continental Congress came to write the Declaration of Independence, who the signers were, and what they risked by publicly declaring independence from Great Britain. Keep up with Abby after class on Twitter: @AbbyHornacek
Trey Gowdy On The Future Of The Conservative Movement
Listen To The Full Interview Below:Former US Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC), host of Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy at 7pmET on FNC & host of The Trey Gowdy podcast joined Fox News Radio’s Guy Benson Show to discuss the future of the Republican party and conservative movement. Trey Gowdy said,“If you want to build a movement that can really transform the country, if you have that deeply held set of convictions or precepts, I mean, limited federal government. Good luck convincing people, my kids age about the need for a limited federal government. I mean, if you look at Georgia, there are some people telling us that we lost Georgia because we didn’t promise enough money. It was not the argument of whether or not that citizen had actually been impacted by the pandemic economically or not.”
Johnny “Joey” Jones: If Harris Does Anything About The Border, The Squad Will Persecute Her
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, Fox News Podcasts and Fox Nation host Johnny “Joey” Jones explains why he thinks VP Harris was given the assignment to fix the border crisis. “I don’t think even the most tried and true believers of the Democratic agenda that work in the media can fall for that one. I just don’t think they can. There are a lot of people that like to say Biden is not really in charge. Because if you do anything about it, your loudest base, The Squad’s going to persecute you for it.
Admiral James Stavridis (Ret) If We Don’t Hold Onto Kabul It Is Game Over In Afghanistan
Admiral James Stavridis (Ret) former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and author of “2034: A Novel of the Next World War” tells Brian Kilmeade the U.S. military leaving Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan after nearly 20 years makes his heart hurt. Stavridis warns that after leaving Bagram we better hold onto Kabul Airport because if we don’t, it is game over and we would have to evacuate our embassy. Plus, Admiral Stavridis remembers former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Stavridis said he was proud to work for Rumsfeld and never met a more energetic patriot in his life. Click here to order of “2034: A Novel of the Next World War”
Lou Holtz: On July Fourth weekend these truths still ring true about America and we must fight for them
It didn’t mean they weren’t on a team: football isn’t a game for committed individualists. GREG GUTFELD: ANYTHING POSITIVE ABOUT AMERICA NOW HAS TO BE REIMAGINED AS HORRIBLEIt’s a lesson America could use now. My teams looked a lot like America – and they worked a lot like how America is supposed to work. What’s true of a football team is true of a country. When a football team believes that "life is 90% what happens to you, and 10% how you respond to it," it loses.
Haitian president assassinated at home
The nation of more than 11 million people had grown increasingly unstable and disgruntled under Moïse's rule. Moïse, 53, had been ruling by decree for more than two years after the country failed to hold elections, which led to Parliament being dissolved. Opposition leaders have accused him of seeking to increase his power, including approving a decree that limited the powers of a court that audits government contracts and another that created an intelligence agency that answers only to the president. In recent months, opposition leaders demanded the he step down, arguing that his term legally ended in February 2021. Haiti was scheduled to hold general elections later this year.
Man on a wire: Biden’s balancing of bipartisanship and Democrats’ demands tests his presidency
Advertisement“A lot is riding on this,” said Maurice Mitchell, national director of the progressive Working Families Party and a skeptic of Biden’s talk of compromise with Republicans. Howard Dean, a progressive former party chair who remained neutral during Democrats’ 2020 presidential nomination race. But for many other Republicans, it was more evidence that Biden’s instincts for compromise are hemmed in by his party’s left wing. I would not underestimate the harm that was caused, even if it was inadvertent.”In just his first five months as president, Biden has shown a flexibility to deploy different approaches to leadership. To Republican critics, however, the COVID-19 bill gave the lie to Biden’s talk about bipartisanship.
Biden knows Afghanistan will get uglier. No wonder he’d rather not talk about it
Last week, when reporters asked President Biden whether he worried that Afghanistan’s government might collapse in the face of Taliban military advances, he responded with ill-concealed annoyance. Advertisement“I’m not going to answer any more quick questions on Afghanistan,” he said. It’s no mystery why: Subjects like job-creation reports or the U.S. recovery from the pandemic let Biden talk about successes. “The devastation and the killings … President Biden is going to own these ugly images,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) warned this week. So even if Biden would rather talk about “happy things,” he’ll have to remain engaged in Afghanistan — for political reasons as well as for national security and humanitarian ones.
Editorial: Close the digital divide, but don’t trap people in the slow lane
Here’s one all taxpayers should embrace: Make sure that the new networks built with these dollars won’t grow quickly obsolete. But even those networks should be built in a way that the initial speeds offered are a floor, not a ceiling. But just as new broadband services can be a source of economic growth, so can outdated networks be an impediment, limiting innovation and services by local businesses and entrepreneurs. Another piece is to make sure that new networks built with federal help offer discounted service to the low-income consumers in their communities. And for communities with existing networks, there needs to be a permanent subsidy program for low-income households.
Man fatally shot in Lansing
A man was fatally shot Tuesday in Lansing, according to preliminary information from police. The man, 34, from Chicago, was in the 17100 block of Grant Street when he was shot multiple times about 2:20 a.m., police said. He was brought to Franciscan Health in Hammond, Indiana, where he was pronounced dead, police said. No one was reported in custody.
Tropical Storm Elsa moving parallel to Florida coast; poised for landfall, likely north of Tampa
“There have been quite a few hurricanes that have been faster moving, but these have been at higher latitudes. Higher latitude hurricanes often move very quickly, as they interact with the jet stream. For example, Hurricane Irene in 1999 was moving at over 60 mph when it was starting to undergo extratropical transition.”
Letters: School vouchers, China's centennial, GOP and state budget, medical professionals' new right
Letters to the EditorTaxpayer money should not be going to private schoolsMichelle Newman, in her July 5 column, "Public education under attack in state of Ohio," brought to light more important issues about public education in Ohio. Why are taxpayers expected to fund private schools — especially religious schools. Then more tax funds can be directed to public education, where critical thinking and tolerance prevail. This could help to ensure that the world’s best education is still in our public schools. Mike DeWine signs $74B state budget.
The climate crisis will create two classes: those who can flee, and those who cannot | Peter Gleick
Sea levels are rising and risks from coastal flooding and storms – already extremely high in some places – are growing fast. Rising temperatures are already causing more extreme heat events, which have always been lethal and are becoming more so. In Europe, more than 20,000 people, mostly elderly, are already estimated to die annually from exposure to extreme heat. If greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, some models suggest that more than a million climate refugees may move from Central America and Mexico to the United States. I don’t know because I don’t know how long our politicians will dither before finally dealing with the climate crisis.
After Afghanistan falls, what next?
According to a new analysis by researchers at Brown University, America’s two-decade war in Afghanistan cost it nearly $2.3 trillion. As the Taliban has swept through northern Afghanistan, capturing dozens of districts and major cities, Afghan security forces have often surrendered without a fight. On June 20, Taliban militants operating in northern Afghanistan surrounded government forces in Kunduz, the country’s sixth-largest city (population 300,000). The prospect that Afghanistan will become a source of deepening poverty, mass migration and instability is quickly becoming everyone’s problem. Yet, in also arguing that Afghanistan should be more deeply integrated into the Central Asian economy, he is on sound strategic footing.
China’s war against poverty may not be all that it seems
China’s successes in battling extreme poverty have been widely recognized. While countries around the world were growing their economies in the postwar decades, China was falling further behind. The party in the early 1950s gave peasants land seized from landlords and, in the late 1950s, took that land away. Indeed, even Deng himself was immersed in the ideological ethos that characterized the party from the 1950s on. Absolute poverty would have been much less of a problem.
Ransomware attacks will end, but not anytime soon
There are now the equivalent of venture capital markets to help fund ransomware attacks. In low-wage, low-trust countries, such as Russia, you can just hire more hackers to pull off more attacks. What about military drone attacks on ransomware terrorists? U.S. President Joe Biden already is trying to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin to help stop the attacks, but there is little guarantee this approach will yield dividends. None of this will stop ransomware attacks.
The logic of effective climate action
In his classic book, “The Logic of Collective Action,” the late great Mancur Olson explained that the hardest policies to implement are those with diffuse benefits and concentrated costs. The diffuse interests represented in France’s National Assembly had agreed to increase gas taxes in 2014. Thus, a more progressive income tax that compensates the less well-off for the burden of a regressive carbon tax could overcome concentrated opposition. (Such a plan would have to include a negative income tax to compensate those who do not earn enough to pay income tax.) More generally, regional policies, alongside progressive taxation, will be an indispensable aspect of any politically viable strategy to combat climate change.
Adam Zivo: Homeless camps cause crime. Why are activists pretending otherwise?
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John Robson: Churches should not be tax-exempt (but not because of residential schools)
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Rex Murphy: The Liberals' monstrous internet-control bill is sure to be revived
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There’s A New Covid Variant. How Concerned Should You Be?
President Biden is ramping up his vaccination initiative in hopes of preventing another coronavirus spike across the U.S. from the Delta variant and the more recent Lambda variant. Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Fox News Medical contributor, Dr. Marty Makary joins today to discuss how concerned Americans should be about the threat of the new COVID-19 variants and what protocols we should take as we prepare to return to school or the office. Jesse Watters has saved the world. Watters also discusses an awkward confrontation with former Vice President Al Gore and looks back at “The Five” as it celebrates its tenth anniversary. Plus, commentary by Guy Benson, host of the Guy Benson Show.
Mitch McConnell's disdain for Biden's stimulus win says volumes
He likes to win, and there's something fascinating in that single-mindedness. A moment from McConnell's news conference Tuesday in Kentucky was a testament to this simplicity. ... Any long view of McConnell’s tenure would dwell more on what he’s blocked than on what he’s built; what he’s against, not what he’s for. If there's a deeper philosophy to be found, it's in his disdain for rules that make it harder to win. If there's a deeper philosophy to be found, it's in McConnell's disdain for rules that make it harder to win.
What Americans should know about Covid 19's delta variant
Today's concerns about the delta variant were yesterday's worries about the alpha variant, and tomorrow they could be replaced by fear of the epsilon or zeta variants. Media coverage of the delta variant's spread has been rife with contradictory messaging from public health officials, adding to the confusion. In the United Kingdom, cases of the delta variant doubled over two weeks in June, a strong signal that this is a more transmissible strain. Our only defense mechanisms against this and future variants are just that — defensive — and in rank order, they are vaccines, vaccines and vaccines. We are not sure to what degree vaccination can prevent transmission of the delta variant to unvaccinated people.
States faced financial ruin. Now they’re swimming in cash.
That’s on top of earmarking $3.7 billion for debt relief and funding half a billion dollars in one-off spending initiatives. Then multiple rounds of federal stimulus funding were successful in lifting up the nation’s economy, and in turn, helping states stabilize and even increase tax collections. Direct and indirect aid to states came on top of that. Places that are highly reliant on tourism, like Nevada and Hawaii, were hit harder than most other states. Months later, Murphy then struck a deal with New Jersey lawmakers to borrow some $4 billion to offset anticipated revenue losses from the pandemic.
Fox News’ Jesse Watters Argues Native Americans’ Lands Not Stolen: ‘We Won This Land on the Battlefield’ (Video)
This land is stolen land and Black people still aren’t free. Emboldened, he continued: “She says this land was stolen. We won this land on the battlefield and we bought it, right? Watch video of Watters’ take on Fox News at the top of this story. Read original story Fox News’ Jesse Watters Argues Native Americans’ Lands Not Stolen: ‘We Won This Land on the Battlefield’ (Video) At TheWrap
Ambrose: How Biden responds to threat from China
China also cheats the United States and lots of the rest of the world, too, by ignoring trade agreements that put fairness above infamy. The director of the play, the Chinese Communist Party, a heartless, dictatorial, endlessly ambitious regime, does not stop with money. If you don’t think so, think about what Chinese leader Xi Jinping said in a speech celebrating the Chinese Communist Party’s 100th birthday in Tiananmen Square recently. Biden has been on target in trying to get European allies to get tough on China just as China is getting friendlier with Russia. Biden has kept Trump’s tariff in place and is encouraging China to leave our intellectual property alone.
The Government sold us freedom but now seeks to ping us back into submission
In the context of a million tests a day still being done and positives going up fast, expect much more of this over the summer. And when policy doesn’t make any sense old Westminster hands know that those twin imposters of unintended consequences and perverse outcomes are never far behind. Or could people experiencing symptoms decide not to get tested for fear of subjecting their family and friends to unnecessary house arrest? In fact it is much more likely to further entrench sky-rocketing rates of depression and anxiety. And so Freedom-but-not-really Day is likely to be accompanied by rising rates of civil disobedience and quite possibly uncivil disobedience too.
UK party urges officials to snub Beijing 2022 Games
by James PhebyBritain’s main opposition Labour Party on Tuesday urged ministers and the royal family to snub the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics unless China allows the UN to probe rights abuse claims. Official emblems for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. Beijing denies international claims that more than a million Uyghur Muslims have been arbitrarily detained, and that some have been tortured or undergone forced sterilisation. China denies mistreating the Uyghurs, once a clear majority in their ancestral homeland until the state helped waves of ethnic Han Chinese migrate there. Beijing insists it is simply running vocational training centres designed to counter extremism.
A Venezuelan World Heritage Site Is in Danger - The New York Times
Last year, a section of the roof covering the walkway connecting the university’s vast faculties collapsed because of a lack of maintenance. In the absence of resources to tend to the drainage, the columns holding up the roof fractured under the weight of storm water pooled on the structure’s corrugated surface. The university’s fire department and local firefighters struggled to extinguish the flames because of the water shortage. It’s as if the honor bestowed by UNESCO were a condemnation and not a designation of excellence. The country is estimated to have lost about half of its teachers since 2015, and many children stay home instead of going to class because schools lack the basic infrastructure and resources to provide them with food.
Opinion | We’ve Been Blessed and Battered by Time
Like many older people, I too often say “Hmpf” when I look in the mirror. You don’t have to suffer from Alzheimer’s to wonder, as Norman does, “Who the hell is that? Who in hell is in this picture here?”I have not, like Norman, started forgetting where I am or gotten lost on familiar roads. I’ll spare you the details, but in recent years it has become increasingly difficult for me to walk. On a good day, though, I think about the way the water restores me.
Opinion | Shut Down the Tax Havens
A few nations, like Ireland and Bermuda, have adopted extremely low rates and become tax havens for companies like Google and Apple. 100% Profits booked abroad Capital abroad Wages paid to employees abroad 75 Not in tax havens 50 25 In tax havens 0 1966 2018 1966 2018 1966 2018 American companies have moved their profits to tax havens. 100% Profits booked abroad Capital abroad Wages paid to employees abroad 75 Not in tax havens 50 25 In tax havens 0 1966 2018 1966 2018 1966 2018 Note: Trends show activity of majority-owned foreign affiliates of U.S. multinationals in all sectors except oil. For decades, Congress has been playing catch-up as business owners and a handful of tax havens have driven international tax policy. With a 25 percent minimum corporate tax, the Biden administration would begin to reverse decades of growing inequality.
Opinion | America Needs More Than Just 50 States
And unlike consolidating smaller states, which would reduce their citizens’ representation, splitting up the large states would increase it, giving their voters a reason to be supportive. But carving the four megastates into three or more states each might have a host of benefits for their internal governance as well. For example, New York City currently lacks many powers that are crucial to management, like full control of its transportation system. New York City would undoubtedly be a safe Democratic state — but upstate New York might well be as competitive between the parties as Pennsylvania is today. The states that exist today, even when they were given names with Indigenous sources, were founded and organized overwhelmingly by white settlers.
Biden Calls for Door-to-Door Vaccine Push; Experts Say More Is Needed
But top health experts say that it is simply not enough, and that the president needs to take the potentially unpopular step of encouraging states, employers and colleges and universities to require vaccinations to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Instead, in a speech on Tuesday, Mr. Biden doubled down on coaxing people to get vaccinated, a voluntary approach that appears to have hit its limit for a large number of Americans who say they have no intention of taking the shot. It’s free,” Mr. Biden said in brief remarks at the White House. Do it now for yourself and the people you care about, for your neighborhood, for your country. It sounds corny, but it’s a patriotic thing to do.”
Opinion | Trump’s Cult of Animosity Shows No Sign of Letting Up
The three authors go on:Animosity toward Democratic-linked groups predicts Trump support, rather remarkably, across the political spectrum. Should America wish to become a fully multiracial democracy, it will need to reconcile with these hostile attitudes themselves. The Trump voter profile is a constellation of social-psychological attitudes — about various racial groups, women, immigrants, and conspiracy theories — that uniquely predict support for Donald Trump. Specifically, we theorize that an underappreciated, albeit ever-present, dimension of opinion explains many of the problematic attitudes and behaviors gripping contemporary politics. We suspect this finding is due to strong partisans and ideologues being wedded to, and entrenched within, the established political order.
GOP Stands in the Way of Capitol Riot Investigation
Added: 07.07.2021 3:44 | 14 views | 0 commentsBy sweeping the insurrection under the rug and trying to rewrite history, the GOP is willing to ignore serious threats to our democracy in pursuit of partisan power, writes Julian Zelizer.
Wind and rain from Hurricane Elsa reach Tampa Bay
Added: 07.07.2021 6:22 | 16 views | 0 commentsHurricane Elsa threatened Florida's northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday after raking past the Tampa Bay region with gusty winds and heavy rain. Its maximum sustained winds were 75 mph early Wednesday.
The Wrong Way to Pay for Infrastructure
The politics of converting a bipartisan agreement between the White House and centrist senators on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package into legislation will occupy center stage during the coming months. Congestion pricing thereby frees road capacity for those who value it the most and who are willing to pay the cost of using scarce road capacity. New York City is hoping to become the first U.S. city to implement congestion pricing to reduce traffic south of Midtown. That is, the package is focused on some $600 billion in new infrastructure spending, when it could instead make better use of current infrastructure. In contrast to taxpayer-funded spending, the public can quickly accrue the benefits from efficient infrastructure pricing.
Globe writer Menzies’ legacy is embedded in Boston’s skyline and its neighborhoods
With the passing of longtime Globe journalist Ian Menzies, at 101, let’s salute his many contributions to the development of Boston (“Ian Menzies, once a Royal Navy man and eventually a top Globe editor,” Obituaries, June 27). Vibrant cities need boosters and critics, and Menzies was both — a critical champion of the “New Boston.” He was an influential advocate of transformative changes in our city and region, including cleaning up Boston Harbor, depressing the Central Artery, strengthening mass transit, combating homelessness, and advancing racial justice. Amplifying the voices of visionary leaders from all sectors, Menzies reinforced some good ideas and challenged lots of bad ones. The cumulative effect of his columns was to elevate our collective aspirations and shape better public debate.
Governor Baker is on the mark on affordable housing
It would help those residents, and low-income people across the Commonwealth, into affordable housing. That said, Baker’s call to spend more on affordable housing is well thought out and impactful. For his part, Baker wants to put $1 billion toward affordable housing and housing ownership, much of which would go to communities that were particularly hard hit by the pandemic. The state currently helps produce, on average, 2,200 to 2,500 units of affordable housing each year. As a rough estimate, the new spending Baker is calling for would lead to more than 7,500 new affordable housing units, either for rent or sale.
In Tehran talks, Iran offers help to resolve Afghan crisis
DUBAI – Iran on Wednesday told Taliban and Afghan government representatives it stood ready to help end the crisis in Afghanistan, urging the country’s people and politicians to make “difficult decisions” about its future. Hosting a meeting of Afghan government representatives and a high-level Taliban political committee, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said “committing to political solutions is the best choice”. Talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government in Qatar to reach a peace deal remain inconclusive. Tehran, which supports an inclusive Afghan government that would include all ethnic groups and sects, has denied it. Iran’s state news agency IRNA said the deputy head of the Taliban’s political office Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai and Afghan government representatives attended the Tehran meeting.
Huons acquires marketing rights for Sputnik Light in S. Korea
BUSINESSAmpoules with the Sputnik Light single-dose vaccine against the novel coronavirus (TASS-Yonhap)Local bio company Huons Global has secured marketing rights for Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik Light in South Korea, the company announced Wednesday.Huons Global will be in charge of the authorization procedure for the Russian vaccine. Huons could also apply for emergency use authorization from Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, the company added.A consortium led by Huons Global will begin producing Sputnik V and Sputnik Light, starting in the second half this year.Sputnik V, consisting of two doses, was the first vaccine authorized for use against the COVID-19. Sputnik Light is identical to the first dose of Sputnik V.The Korean consortium plans to produce 20 million-30 million doses of each on a monthly basis. South Korea has signed procurement deals for AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen and Novavax shots only.Sputnik Light is a single-dose, adenoviral vector-type vaccine with a proven efficacy rate of 79.4 percent. Protective immunity after the single shot of Sputnik Light is believed to last around three to four months.Sputnik Light has been approved in several countries, including Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela and Mongolia.
South Korea to tweak visa policies and welcome more foreigners
South Korea plans to change parts of its visa policy to allow more skilled foreigners into the country, in a bid to tackle its declining population and aging society.The plans were unveiled Wednesday at a regular briefing held by the Ministry of Justice.According to the ministry, the government plans to lower qualifications to obtain long-term residency, or a F-2 visa, for talented foreigners in “promising industries” that require support on a “national level.” Exactly which industries are to be included in the category has not been decided yet.The Justice Ministry is also considering to create a new residency visa for remote working foreigners in IT and other cutting-edge technologies.There were also plans to allow E-9 visa holders, or foreign workers in manual labor, to stay in the country.In South Korea, foreigners in fields like fishing, farming, manufacturing and other labor-intensive jobs reside under an E-9 visa. If the person meets government criteria, an E-9 visa can be changed to an E-74, or a nonprofessional visa, which guarantees long-term stay.Only 1,250 E-9 visa holders benefit from this system every year, but the government proposed increasing the number of beneficiaries to 2,000 by 2025.In addition, the ministry said it will redesign social security services to help foreigners better integrate into Korean society. It‘s also mulling a plan to bring in foreign professionals in social welfare to assist Korea’s aging population.“We will put efforts to push forward with suggested changes, so that we can promote social harmony between foreigners and South Koreans and fuel the nation’s future growth engine,” said the ministry.By Kang Jae-eun ( kang.jaeeun@heraldcorp.com
Euratom Research and Training Programme receives €300 million for fusion research and to improve nuclear safety, radiation protection and training
As private sector investment globally is increasingly channelled into cleaner energy sources, the pool of available investment is shrinking, compounded by the global pandemic. Governance reformsThe need for governance reforms has also frequently been cited as an impediment to inward investment in the sector. Formal segmentation of the industry into the upstream and mid- and down-stream sectors, with separate regulators, will also allow for clearer oversight. However, there is clear potential for the Petroleum Investment Bill to generate significant government revenue, which can then be invested in the renewables sector. The result of these reforms, which to a large extent respond to the major criticisms levelled at Nigeria’s oil and gas sector over recent decades, is increased clarity for potential investors.
Effort underway to protect South Acton farm from development
Acton Conservation Trust and Sudbury Valley Trustees have launched a fund drive to help protect Stonefield Farm in South Acton from future development. The family that owns the 51-acre property has agreed to sell it for $2.8 million to the nonprofit Boston Area Gleaners, which plans to grow produce on it for hunger-relief organizations. To permanently protect the land — which also includes woods and wetlands — and to offset part of the purchase price, BAG has agreed to sell an Agricultural Preservation Restriction on the property to the town of Acton and Sudbury Valley Trustees valued at $1.9 million. Such restrictions require the owner to maintain the land for farming.
Reporting under Hong Kong's National Security Law: 'The risk of being imprisoned hangs over me all the time'
I started working as a journalist in Hong Kong just three years ago - back when things were completely different. My first field assignment was to cover a talk about Hong Kong independence. Any event that touches on the idea of self-determination is now seen as encouraging secession and therefore a serious crime under Beijing’s sweeping new National Security Law. The people of Hong Kong called for greater democracy, and the government refused, leading to violent clashes between police and protesters. But all of that has changed since the National Security Law came into force on June 30, 2020.
Giving Korean work a place in global literature
LIFE&STYLELiterature Translation Institute of Korea President Kwak Hyo-hwan speaks at a press conference on Monday. Previously, Kwak served as an executive director of Daesan Foundation for six years.When asked if there are any plans to work with North Korean literature, Kwak said, “We face two big problems that prevent us from opening a dialogue on the literature of North Korea. Novelist Hwang Sok-yong is a close second with titles available in 20 languages, according to the LTI Korea.At a press conference held earlier in the day, Kwak said that the LTI Korea was developing an integrated platform as part a new strategy to effectively introduce Korean literature overseas. Awarding masters and doctoral degrees would give the graduates greater opportunities to work in diverse fields related to literature.The first overseas publication of translated Korean literature in history was “Korean Tales” in 1889 by the US. Some 2,500 translated pieces Korean works of literature exist today, according to the LTI Korea.By Kim Hae-yeon ( hykim@heraldcorp.com
The Biden Administration Has Failed Americans
Biden and his administration have tired out their welcome as occupants in the White House! Were Democrats truly worried about Americans going back to work, or were they more consumed with President Trump failing because of the pandemic? To me this was all fluff from Biden and the Democrats “helping” Americans! Why would you send Americans back to work when they’d be making less money as we are still in a pandemic? Americans would be better in the hands of Donald Trump than they are currently right now in the hands of Joe Biden and his hawkish cronies.
‘We’re in a new epidemic’: Cuomo issues first-in-nation disaster emergency on gun violence in N.Y.
The first bill makes it easier to sue gun manufacturers and dealers if they’ve sold, marketed, or produced firearms in a way that endangers safety. The second measure makes it illegal for anyone with an outstanding warrant to purchase a firearm in New York, closing a loophole opened under the Trump administration.
Haiti Has Been Abandoned—by the Media, the US, and the World
Video footage of this was all over Haitian social media for any member of the Core Group to see. For years now, the US has supported elections in Haiti as the best way to encourage democracy and stability. Can it be that the US president is considering the political optics for himself as he pursues his ill-advised policy in Haiti? Like Mr. Smith, a perennial American presidential candidate in Graham Greene’s 1960s Haiti novel The Comedians, the OAS has happy plans for Haiti (Mr. Smith wants to bring cheery vegetarianism to Papa Doc’s dark corner of the world). Haiti needs a Haitian solution to its current fix, a solution supported and accompanied by responsible international friends and advisers.
North Korean defector drags Dems for comments on Americans being deprived of freedom: ‘That’s a complete lie’
American freedom ought to be respected and acknowledged by Democrats who claim there is none to be found, North Korean defector Yeonmi Park argued Monday on "FOX Business Tonight." Meanwhile, Democratic congresswoman Cori Bush tweeted on Independence Day that Black Americans are not free which Park dubbed as dishonest. "When I was in South Korea, the books that I read about Americans were actually Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama. If this country actually oppresses people and enslaves the people, how are those two women billionaires?" "In North Korea, it was actually an oppressive regime and that’s why I escaped with my life," she said.
State riles swimmers with new rules
My wife and I regularly join hundreds of open water swimmers at Walden Pond. I was shocked by the front-page article in Saturday’s Globe about the prohibition against open water swimming at Walden Pond and other state parks ( “Amid drownings, state adds limits, fines,” July 3). Yet the response from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation to limit open water swimming at Walden Pond does not offer a solution to the problem. I hope that a reasonable solution, such as the proposal to require a safety buoy for open water swimming, can be adopted, and that additional efforts for water safety training for all can be implemented. Kathy BallesCarlislePity party for barred swimmers is unwelcomeIs Walden Pond “holy water”?
There must be a way to get the wealthy to pay their fair share
I would like to examine a couple of your assumptions in your editorial regarding the application of a wealth tax ( “Yesterday’s tax policy won’t solve today’s yawning wealth gap,” June 29). Frank W. RiepeSudburyGet the wealthy to pay their fair share? Income tax rates should continue to be graduated, with the top tax rate set at 50 percent instead of the current 37 percent. These changes would simplify our tax policy, increase revenue for public services, and, most important, make sure that the wealthy pay their fair share. This might be easier to enforce than a wealth tax, per se.
Letters to the Editor - Border wall, Bill Cosby, Girl Scout cookies, online shopping, soccer
Ways to look at the borderRe: “Abbott: ‘Seal this border’ — Trump joins governor next to unfinished wall to call for crackdown,” Thursday news story. Tim McCord, WylieBuy the cookies anywayRe: “Those cookies are pricey,” by Carole A. Merle, Friday Letters. Yes, you can buy cookies anywhere. Rich Rigsby, WylieNothing special about deliveriesBack in the old days, a delivery truck on our street was not the norm and usually involved the name Sears. Kyle Adams, New BraunfelsMore soccer coverage, pleaseRe: “Women deserve coverage,” by Cecil Hale, Monday Letters.
Pastors need mental health care, too
This column is part of our ongoing Opinion commentary on faith, called Living Our Faith. Get weekly roundups of the project in your email inbox by signing up for the Living Our Faith newsletter. Clergy is the only public office that I know of that is called on in every situation of life. Pastors and members of clergy are integral public servants who live public lives. And even while the minister seeks therapy and self-care, it is OK not to be OK.
White privilege, need for diversity in pot industry
Deciding to make a commitment to educating yourself about cannabis social justice is just the beginning of understanding the past harms of the failed war on drugs that will change your life. Understanding more about social justice will enable you to help us build a stronger local community and a stronger New Mexico. That is all New Mexico lawmakers saw fit to put in New Mexico’s legalization law for social justice and equity. In New Mexico, over 95% of the state’s legal cannabis industry remains white-owned. The cannabis education and training mandate of the legalization law does not require any social justice education for those working in this new cannabis industry for New Mexico.
First meeting on U.N. treaty banning nukes to discuss disarmament within 10 years
Parties to a U.N. treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons are expected to discuss a deadline for complete nuclear disarmament, starting with a 10-year period, at their first meeting set to be held next January, the conference’s president-designate has said. But the United States, Russia and other nuclear-armed states have declined to sign the pact, and are not expected to participate in the first meeting next year. The United States and Russia, which possess around 5,550 and 6,255 nuclear warheads, respectively, account for around 90% of the world’s nuclear weapons stockpiles. The treaty stipulates that an international authority or authorities should be established to verify that countries have eliminated their nuclear weapons. The first meeting, which must be held within one year of the treaty coming into force, is currently scheduled for January in Vienna.
Opinion | Did the Supreme Court Just Kill the Voting Rights Act?
You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Across the country, Republican legislatures are passing laws to make it harder to vote. Which is why, for proponents of expansive voting rights, the Supreme Court decision last week upholding two such laws could scarcely have come at a worse time. “What is tragic is that the court has damaged a statute designed to bring about ‘the end of discrimination in voting.’”Kagan was referring to the Voting Rights Act, the landmark 1965 legislation often described as “the crown jewel” of the civil rights movement. How much power will this decision strip from the law, and what role will it play in the larger battle over the freedom and fairness of American elections?
Willingness to overturn elections is the new normal standard for Republican candidates
Rachel Maddow looks at the example of Senator James Lankford, who Oklahoma Republicans feel has not shown proper deference to Donald Trump's lies about the 2020 election, as well as other reporting that suggests that the most unifying issue in Republican politics is a willingness to overturn elections when the outcome doesn't favor Republicans.
Philanthropies eagerly back ex-UNC professor Hannah-Jones
FILE - In this Tuesday, July 6, 2021, file photo, Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones is interviewed at her home in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Backed by $20 million in donations, Hannah-Jones announced Tuesday that she will establish the Center for Journalism and Democracy at Howard to increase diversity in journalism. Backed by $20 million in donations, Hannah-Jones announced Tuesday that she will establish the Center for Journalism and Democracy at Howard to increase diversity in journalism. Backed by $20 million in donations, Hannah-Jones announced Tuesday that she will establish the Center for Journalism and Democracy at Howard to increase diversity in journalism. ADVERTISEMENTAt Howard, Hannah-Jones has “accepted something that is more meaningful and more valuable to her.
Every roof in Japan could have solar panels in the future
That leaves the nation needing to increase so-called distributed solar generation, which are small-scale panels on top of buildings or farms. According to the Environment Ministry’s report, Japan aims to hit the new 2030 solar goal using several strategies:Fifty percent of central government and municipality buildings will have solar panels, which will add 6 gigawatts. The Yomiuri Shimbun first reported the revised solar power target earlier on Tuesday. The government plans to expand the types of land that can cheaply install solar panels, while also developing technology to allow panels to operate in intervals over farmland so that crops can keep growing. While it is possible for all newly built households to include solar panels, it will be more difficult with existing buildings, according to Takeo Kikkawa, a professor at International University of Japan.
Speculation about the Union Cabinet reshuffle shows that identity remains the motive force in Indian politics
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 is expected to announce a reshuffle of the union cabinet today. The striking feature of the speculation is that the reshuffle is being largely viewed through the prism of identity, mainly caste and gender. But the durable feature of Indian politics is the mobilisation of support on the basis of identities, particularly that ofcaste. The probable cabinet reshuffle will be one of the most important political developments prior to assembly elections in five states early next year.
The Silence of ‘Global Music’ About Vaccine Apartheid
Global vaccine equity should be considered as important as the notes on their guitars. It should strike anyone as curious and shameful that the music industry, especially the so-called “world music” industry — now rebranded by the Grammys as “global music” — has not uttered a collective word of protest to the immense vaccine apartheid facing the planet. The music industry has even been a diligent participant in concealing vaccine apartheid. Music is not the only global business that relies on Southern talent shamefully silent about vaccine apartheid. If such energy attacked vaccine apartheid, patents would be waived tomorrow and Pfizer’s CEO would be forced to make a statement.
Voting rights victory in NH
All over America GOP controlled legislatures have been enacting laws to restrict the ability of citizens to vote. There are ID requirements, proof of residency requirements, narrowing of voting hours and days etc. etcThe powers that run the GOP have realized that they have little support beyond the white middle and upper classes so they want as few people as possible to vote. The Rs who control the NH legislature were faced with a difficult job since the state is almost entirely white and middle class, yet it has been trending blue for over a decade. They identified the one group that is consistently blue but not especially prone to voting, college students 18 and over.
Tell your friends, tell your neighbors: "Deadline for Democracy" rally Wed. 6 PM in Oakland
We are in a historic emergency of democracy, as Republicans in all too many states move to disenfranchise voters in order to consolidate racist, oligarchical power. The situation really is that dire, and we need to shout it out and to get our political leadership to stop business as usual. That means we all need to get out of our own business as usual too! Please join one of the dozens of Deadline for Democracy actions across the country, coordinated by Indivisible and others. (I’m not in any way affiliated with Daily Kos staff, but it is one of the national partners.)
Preventable, by Andy Slavitt: the pandemic in 2020
From 2015-2017 under President Obama he had run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He became a frequent presence on twitter and TV and communicated his knowledge of the pandemic to millions. From January through May 2021 Andy Slavitt served as Biden’s Senior Advisor for Covid-19 response, and in June he retired and published his book written in 2020: Preventable, The inside story of how leadership failures, politics, and selfishness doomed the U.S. Coronavirus response. In the book, Slavitt records “one of the great disasters of our time,” saying:“This is a story full of missed opportunities, willful neglect, and indifference and denial from our president. The chapter of the book titled “anti-expert, pro-magic” describes the “pseudo-expert” and the “elevation of the non-expert.”
Ranked Voting Comes in Second—Three-Option Voting Comes in First
I said with Three-Option Voting, the results would have been known the night of the election. I was re-reading Gaming the Vote, an excellent book on different voting methods including Rank Voting. The author was saving the best for last, which included Rank Choice Voting and Approval Voting. With Rank Voting (aka Rank Choice Voting) you rank all the candidates on the ballot from first to last, such as first choice, second choice, third choice, fourth choice, etc. Rank Voting is good, but Three-Option Voting would be even better.
Email from Adam Schiff I thought worth sharing
When we were told to get out the gas masks under our seats, we knew the situation was out of control. Walking through the hallways under the building, one of my colleagues carried a wooden stake to protect himself. And try to paint this as a political commission, rather than what it really is – a committee to protect our democracy. The fight to protect and uphold our democracy is far too important to let anyone stop us. I know that the next few months won’t be easy, but anything worth doing never is.
Why hasn't President Biden seen the Republicans in the Congress for who they are?
It requires all of us working together—Democrats, Republicans, and independents—on behalf of the common good to restore decency, honor, and respect for the rule of law. ###I fully understand that Biden was elected President of the United States, and intended as a candidate and appears to continue to intend as the sitting President to act as and be the president of All of The People, equitably. With some state legislatures still in session, more laws will certainly follow, which we will track in the next roundup later this year. Indeed, at least 61 bills with restrictive provisions are moving through 18 state legislatures. Shouldn’t president Joe Biden be aware of their perfidy and behave towards them accordingly?
Rudy's Legal Defense Crowdfunding Effort Is Tanking. Hard.
The Deep State is on a mission to take down every single one of President Donald J. Trump’s closest allies. But, Rudy’s loyalty to President Trump and the truth has come with a hefty price. The FBI not only spied on Rudy’s private communications with President Trump during the first impeachment trial, but even hounded him in a dawn raid on his apartment. They’re going after Rudy Giuliani.”President Trump governed by a motto to drain the swamp and put the American people first. And don’t forget… if the Deep State can do this to a former president’s confidante who did nothing wrong, then one day, they could do it to you.
Sinema cranks up the PR machine, oblivious to the role she's playing as McConnell's tool
"Ideologically, it does surprise me," Steven Yarbrough, her former Republican legislative colleague, said of her transformation. Another of her former Republican colleagues from the Arizona legislature, Steve May, praised her chameleon-like qualities. That's Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, "who is among those Sinema often seeks out for conversation" the AP says. It would seem Sinema’s charm and smarts aren't putting a dent in McConnell's "100%" commitment to stopping President Biden's agenda. In fact, it looks a little like Sinema is being played for a fool by McConnell.
Trump World FREAKS OUT Over Jen Psaki Announcing a Community Outreach Plan to Promote Vaccinations
At Tuesday's White House press briefing, press secretary Jen Psaki announced a series of five measures to promote COVID vaccinations to those who have not yet gotten theirs. While the Biden program has been pretty successful, it just missed meeting a 70% goal for vaccinations of adults 18 and over by July 4th. One of the five measures announced Tuesday was a community outreach program. Never mind that the statement Psaki gave was very clear that the outreach would be conducted by community members, not government agents from the basements of Washington pizza parlors. So if anyone wants to tweet articles from my website, please feel free to do so often and repeatedly.
Sure, Kristi Noem is a firebug and COVID-19 cheerleader, but she loves fireworks! Take that, Biden!
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem sure has her priorities straight. When it comes to anything that actually matters—like, say, protecting the lives of her constituents—she’s more like Lennie from Of Mice and Men. Somehow, despite being one of the least densely populated states in the union, South Dakota has had one of the nation’s worst COVID-19 outcomes, ranking third in total COVID-19 cases per capita and 10th in deaths. But the state ranks first in gormless governors’ memes contrasting Joe Biden’s America with what actually turns out to be someone other than Donald Trump’s America, despite her insistence to the contrary.
News roundup: The six-month anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, taking a stand, and guns
Republicans have settled on a 2022 midterm messageIn the news today: Republicans have settled on a message of fear via racist dog whistles, along with Donald Trump’s Big Lie, heading into the 2022 midterms. It’s been six months since the attack on the U.S. Capitol that came about because of that lie, and Republicans are fully embracing it—along with the attack itself. Nikole Hannah-Jones tells UNC to pound sand. Sadly, the Fourth of July weekend was a bloody one. Climate change visualizationPreserving the secret ballot is now part of the struggle for democracy in Arizona
The elusive silver bullet: from self-regulation to international norms
With the European Union proposing new rules for artificial intelligence and machinery, regulation finds itself once again in the news cycle. Self-regulation has many strengthsSelf-regulation comes from the industry and is, as such, founded on a higher degree of sectoral expertise. It is a young market, so rules and controls have had to be developed as the industry grew. The above case highlights the trade-offs that must be considered for effective regulatory decision-making. The strength of rules must sometimes be watered down before receiving approval from a consensus of industry players.
The Way Between
For decades I and, no doubt, everybody else who points out the power and effectiveness of nonviolent action have had the endlessly recurring experience of being asked "But shouldn't people defend themselves with wars rather than do nothing?" What if every exciting kids' book or young-person's adventure story that treats war and violence as the only way to have any real fun, every video game developed by the Pentagon, every sports league's paid pre-game war worship adds just a little speck to the forcefield until it's practically impenetrable? In The Way Between, a girl trains in a non-martial art called the Way Between, an art that is physical and mental, about dodging punches, but also resolving disputes, as well as applying nonviolent pressure to systems of injustice. The Way Between and its sequels are set in a fantasy world of great magic and limited technology, yet what happens there makes sense on its own terms and as a guide to what might happen here. In fact, the story follows real-world examples of nonviolent action campaigns much more faithfully than most violent tales follow anything that ever has happened or could happen on earth.
Grim grinning ghosts come out to moralize
In a brazen effort to make political hay out of the right-wing culture wars, Republican Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis has signed a slew of bills into law that, among other things, target transgender student athletes, further criminalize protests, limit voting rights, and surveil the political leanings of college professors, staff, and students. In our first segment for this week’s episode of The Marc Steiner Show, Marc talks with Florida State Representative Anna Eskamani about the cynical machinations behind the right’s legislative onslaught in Florida and the real-world harm these new bills will do. Eskamani is a member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 47th district in Orange County. In our second segment, we talk to Current Affairs Amusements and Managing Editor Lyta Gold about her recent piece in the Current Affairs magazine, “Nation of Bones,” which explores the cultural tools we have (and the kind of artistic outlets we need) to confront the traumatic experience of COVID-19 and mass death. Tune in for new episodes of The Marc Steiner Show every Tuesday on TRNN.
US newspapers hail the rise in teen labor and poverty wages as a “rite of passage”
Many states maintain laws that allow businesses to pay workers under 18 far less than the minimum wage. In Illinois, employers can get away with paying young workers $8.50 per hour when the minimum is $11 per hour. In Georgia and Wyoming, the states with the lowest possible minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, students can be paid just $6.19 per hour. Christensen says that his students have taken jobs working night shifts at a nursing home and digging in a gravel pit. We urge all young workers and students to take up this fight themselves and join the International Yo