Posted in Analysis Politics

McConnell caves on filibuster after Democrats Manchin and Sinema reiterate opposition to scrapping ‘Jim Crow relic’

“McConnell engaged in the most blatant, ridiculous act of obstructionism imaginable, and instead of telling him that if he kept it up, they’d take that power from him, key Dems reassured him that they’d never take…

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Posted in Coronavirus News

A year after first case in Arizona, COVID-19 is now a leading killer

  Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News Jan. 25, 2021 WASHINGTON    – COVID-19 is on the verge of becoming the leading cause of death in Arizona, surpassing cancer and closing in on heart disease, according to the…

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Posted in Abuse of power Investigations News

Inspector General launches probe into whether DOJ officials tried to overturn Presidential Election

“Unconscionable a Trump Justice Department leader would conspire to subvert the people’s will,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in response to allegations against former Acting Assistant AG Jeffrey Clark. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Monday,…

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Posted in Abuse of power Accountability SCOTUS

‘That’s insane… He still has the money’: SCOTUS tosses emoluments lawsuits targeting Trump

One watchdog critic angered by the court’s decision said, “Congress must act now to ensure that no future president can profit off the presidency.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, January 25, 2021 The U.S. Supreme…

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Posted in News

Border wall foes hail order halting project, say it’s only first step

by Haleigh Kochanski, Cronkite News Monday, January 25, 2021 Washington, D.C.   – President Joe Biden made good on a campaign promise within hours of his swearing-in this week, ordering a pause in construction of the border wall…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

Budget Chair Sanders dares GOP to criticize him for using reconciliation to ‘protect ordinary people, not just the rich’

“If they want to criticize me for helping to feed children who are hungry or senior citizens in this country who are isolated and alone and don’t have enough food, they can criticize me.” by Jake…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 Safety Net

Susan Collins, supporter of $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the rich, claims $1,400 survival checks not ‘targeted’ enough

“Susan Collins didn’t care so much about the ‘rich people getting more than they need’ issue when it was massive upper income tax cuts on the table.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, January 25, 2021…

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Posted in Accountability Democracy News Race for the White House 2020

John Dean: Insurrectionist Senators are Co-conspirators and should not sit in judgment of Trump

AOC: “Sen. Hawley is trying to wiggle out of inciting a riot that killed 5” by Common Dreams staff On Friday evening Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 Interview

“We’ve let the worst happen”: reflecting on 400,000 dead

A much-needed check-in with health care reporter Caroline Chen as we examine the toll COVID-19 has taken on the country and what to expect from a new president. by Logan Jaffe, ProPubica January 23, 2021 In…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

The roots of “Stop the Steal” in the attack on ACORN

by Wade Rathke Sunday, January 24, 2021 New Orleans   The arc of justice is long, but when people see it coming, they don’t stay silent. First, a text from the most devoted Times’ reader and…

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Posted in Columns Hightower

The other Capitol mob

Much to the embarrassment of major corporations, their political donations were traced to the mayhem of January 6. By Jim Hightower January 20, 2021 You can’t poke into any issue in Congress without stumbling over sacks…

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Posted in Accountability Health Care Investigations

Trump’s pardons included health care execs behind massive frauds

Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News January 22, 2021   At the last minute, President Donald Trump granted pardons to several individuals convicted in huge Medicare swindles that prosecutors alleged often harmed or endangered elderly and infirm…

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Posted in Analysis Data security Privacy

Rights advocates alarmed by US spy agency’s purchase of warrantless phone location data

“Congress must end this lawless practice and require the government to get a warrant for our location data, regardless of its source.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Friday, January 22 Digital rights advocates reacted with alarm…

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Posted in Filibuster Opinion

‘Hell, even David Brooks agrees’ Democrats should ‘absolutely kill the filibuster’

“Can’t believe David Brooks and I finally agree on a thing,” said one progressive organizer. by Jon Queally, staff writer Friday, January 22 Even New York Times columnist David Brooks—widely reviled over many years for his…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 News

‘One more check Is not enough’: Ilhan Omar calls on Biden to back recurring direct payments

“We need to provide those struggling and left behind with consistent reliable cash payments during this Covid-19 crisis.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, January 22 Warning that one additional check is nowhere near sufficient to…

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Posted in Banks Economy News Poverty

As economic suffering grips regular Americans, Wall Street behemoths ready feast of stock buybacks

“We’re going to be aggressively buying back, and consistently,” said Morgan Stanley chief executive James Gorman. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, January 22, 2021 For millions of regular Americans, the end of 2020 was marked…

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Posted in Biden Administration COVID Reboot 2021 News

Biden orders on food aid heralded as ‘Most significant anti-hunger actions in modern times’

The expected executive action comes as “families are struggling with food insecurity like never before.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, January 21 Social justice organizations and Democratic lawmakers on Friday welcomed President Joe Biden’s expected…

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Posted in Biden Administration Coronavirus News

Flurry of Biden orders on COVID-19 raise some doubts, but more hopes

by Jacob Holter, Cronkite News Washington, D.C.    Almost half of the 24 executive orders President Joe Biden has signed in his first two days in office have dealt with COVID-19, which White House officials cite as…

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Posted in Biden Administration Columns Wade Rathke

Replacing lead service lines – perfect infrastructure project

by Wade Rathke January 22, 2021 New Orleans    Recently, Social Policy was lucky enough to have fifty contributors offer ideas suggesting priorities for the new Biden administration. There were some amazing recommendations, and we’ll dig…

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Posted in Analysis First Peoples News High Country News

Bears Ears is just the beginning

As the Biden administration begins, tribal nations with ties to Utah assert their relationships to the land. by Jessica Douglas and Graham Lee Brewer, High Country News Friday, January 22, 2021 Long before former President Barack…

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Posted in Coronavirus Public Health

Covid vaccine rollout leaves most older adults confused where to get shots

by Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Friday, January 22, 2021 Over a month into a massive vaccination program, most older Americans report they don’t know where or when they can get inoculated for covid-19, according to…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

Boebert’s Colorado 3rd District isn’t that Safe

by Wade Rathke January 22, 2021 Pearl River ewly-minted Congresswoman Boebert sees herself as the right’s answer to Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and the so-called Squad of progressive women in Congress. She unseated five-term Republican representative Scott Tipton…

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Posted in Analysis Right Wing Militias

Global right-wing extremism networks are growing. The U.S. is just now catching up.

White supremacists are building international networks to spread their violent ideology. Efforts at transatlantic counterterrorism cooperation hit an obstacle: the politics of the Trump Administration. by Sebastian Rotella  Friday, January 22, 2021 During the past two…

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Posted in News Right Wing Militias

135 Civil Rights groups oppose new domestic terrorism statutes, say tackle far-right violence with existing laws

“Members of Congress should not reinforce counterterrorism policies, programs, and frameworks that are rooted in bias, discrimination, and denial or diminution of fundamental rights like due process.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Echoing the concerns expressed…

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