Posted in Analysis Biden Administration Immigration Unaccompanied Minors

“No good choices”: HHS Is cutting safety corners to move migrant kids out of overcrowded facilities

After ignoring signs that shelters were filling quickly, agencies are scrambling to get thousands of kids out of Border Patrol jails. But new “emergency” facilities skirt safety standards, while facilities accused of abuse are still getting…

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Posted in Analysis Toxic Chemicals Worker Safety

Arizona study examines health risks faced by female firefighters

By Emma Ascott/Cronkite News April 15, 2021 PHOENIX  –  Nicole Minnick had been a firefighter for seven years when she gave birth in 2008 to her first child, a girl named Kyndal. A few months later,…

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Posted in Analysis Infrastructure Sustainability

With enough political will, all new US car and truck sales can be electric by 2035: study says

“Every year America stalls… we miss the ever-narrowing window to address the climate crisis and ensure a livable planet.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, April 15, 2021 A study released Thursday morning by researchers at…

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Steven Carrillo is charged with murdering a Santa Cruz County deputy sheriff and a security officer guarding Oakland’s federal courthouse. Credit: (FRONTLINE)
Posted in Analysis Right Wing Militias

“I felt hate more than anything”: how an active duty airman tried to start a Civil War

The Effort to Overturn the Election Steven Carrillo’s path to the Boogaloo Bois shows the hate group is far more organized and dangerous than previously known. by Gisela Pérez de Acha, Kathryn Hurd and Ellie Lightfoot,…

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Posted in Analysis Child Welfare Health

Vape sellers are using popular music videos to promote e-cigarettes to young people – and it’s working

Teens and young adults spend several hours a day looking at their phones and watching videos, many of which might contain product placements for vaping.   Flashpop/Getty Images. by Jon-Patrick Allem, University of Southern California Research that…

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Posted in Analysis The Conversation

How Black poets and writers gave a voice to ‘Affrilachia’

by  Amy M. Alvarez, West Virginia University and Jameka Hartley, University of Alabama April 4, 2021   ‘Untitled’ from the series ‘Imaging/Imagining.’,  Photo by Raymond Thompson, Jr . Appalachia, in the popular imagination, stubbornly remains poor…

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Posted in Analysis Filibuster Politics

Biden endorses return to talking filibuster, Sinema mum

‘Democracy Is Having a Hard Time Functioning’ “That’s what it was supposed to be.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, March 17, 2021   President Joe Biden for the first time on Tuesday endorsed significantly overhauling…

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Posted in Analysis Pro Publica Water

America’s drinking water is surprisingly easy to poison

The cyberbreach at a plant in Oldsmar, Florida, which could have resulted in a mass poisoning, was a reminder of a disturbing reality: Despite a decade of warnings, thousands of water systems around the country are…

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Posted in Analysis Filibuster

Critics say ‘scorched earth’ threat over Filibuster shows McConnell ‘getting scared’

“McConnell is clearly getting desperate as momentum grows to eliminate the filibuster as a weapon he can use to maintain power from the minority.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Minority Leader Mitch…

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Posted in Analysis Politics

Progressive takeover of Nevada Democratic Party sparks ‘mass exodus’ of staff, consultants

“What they just didn’t expect is that we got better and better at organizing and out-organizing them at every turn,” said Judith Whitmer, newly elected chair of the Nevada Democratic Party. by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Analysis Voter suppression

‘They run on shrinking the vote’: Tens of millions threatened by GOP attack on voting

Democrats can eliminate the filibuster to pass legislation to stop voter suppression, said journalist Ari Berman, “or they can allow [the] GOP to undermine democracy for the next decade.”       by Kenny Stancil, staff…

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National Guard soldiers patrol the Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C., on March 6. Credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images
Posted in Analysis Investigations Pro Publica

6 Questions officials still haven’t answered after weeks of hearings on the Capitol attack

More than 15 hours of testimony failed to answer fundamental questions about the Capitol attack. Among them: Why national security officials responded differently to BLM protesters than to Trump supporters.   by Joaquin Sapien and Joshua…

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Posted in Analysis Filibuster Politics

House Passage of Historic Union Rights Bill Intensifies Pressure on Dem Senators to ‘Stop Hiding Behind’ Filibuster

“Once again, the key obstacle in the way of passing this legislation is the Jim Crow filibuster.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, March 10, 2021   With the support of just five Republicans, the House…

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Posted in Analysis Conspiracy theories QAnon

Why white supremacists and QAnon enthusiasts are obsessed – but very wrong – about the Byzantine Empire

Roland Betancourt, University of California, Irvine Sunday, March 7, 2021   Inspiration for a mob of angry white men?  Getty Images   From Charlottesville to the Capitol, medieval imagery has been repeatedly on show at far-right…

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A U.S. Marine during the 2003-2011 Iraq War, which destroyed the country and killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and thousands of U.S. troops. (Photo: Cpl. Brian M. Henner/USMC/flickr/cc)
Posted in Analysis Biden Administration

Peace advocates welcome Biden move to limit war powers

‘We Need to Make Sure It’s Done Right’ The president and Congress, said one leading anti-war campaigner, “must work together to actually end the decades long fighting, killing, dying, and spending that is on automatic pilot.”…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Filibuster

As Manchin yells he will ‘Never…Jesus Christ!’ vote to kill filibuster, Warren and Sanders demand end to Jim Crow rule

“Moderate Democrats in the Senate have a choice to make: They can either defend democracy and the Constitution by passing H.R. 1 or they can save the McConnell filibuster. They can’t do both.” by Jake Johnson,…

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Posted in Analysis Investigations Pro Publica Voter suppression

After a wave of violent threats against election workers, Georgia sees few arrests

For nearly a year, election administrators across the country weathered the pandemic while facing attacks and threats — leading many officials to resign or retire. In Georgia, little was done to prevent it from happening again….

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Rural America

Rural Americans in pharmacy deserts hurting for Covid vaccines

by Markian Hawryluk March 3, 2021 As the Biden administration accelerates a plan to use pharmacies to distribute covid-19 vaccines, significant areas of the country lack brick-and-mortar pharmacies capable of administering the protective shots. A recent…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus

How inequity gets built into America’s vaccination system

People eligible for the coronavirus vaccine tell us they are running up against barriers that are designed into the very systems meant to serve those most at risk of dying of the disease. We plan to…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Reparations

There was a time reparations were actually paid out – just not to formerly enslaved people

by Thomas Craemer, University of Connecticut Friday, February 26, 2021 No guessing who in this 1864 depiction may have been compensated after slavery ended.  API/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images   The cost of slavery and its legacy of…

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Posted in Analysis Toxic Chemicals Waste

Lawsuit Reveals New Allegations Against PG&E Contractor Accused of fraud

Former PG&E employees are accused of taking bribes to funnel business to a waste-hauling company. by Scott Morris, Bay City News Foundation Co-published with Bay City News Foundation. Feb. 26, 5 a.m. EST Utility giant Pacific…

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An existing transmission line passes through the heart of Thacker Pass, following the slope down into the Quinn River Valley below. The Santa Rosa Mountains rise up in the background. Russel Albert Daniels / High Country News
Posted in Analysis High Country News Mining

Nevada lithium mine kicks off a new era of Western extraction

The hastily approved project went forward without comment from the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe. by Maya L. Kapoor, High Country News February 18, 2021  the Great Basin Desert of northern Nevada and southern Oregon, Thacker…

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Posted in Analysis Minimum wage Republicans Wealth

John Thune’s childhood $6 wage—$24 adjusted for inflation—sure helps make the case for at least $15

“The worst thing is that these people aren’t dumb. They know about inflation… They just don’t think people who make their food and clean their bathrooms deserve the same things they got.” by Kenny Stancil, staff…

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Posted in Analysis Economy Indigenous News

Tribes revive traditional hemp economies

A post-petroleum transition plan. by Winona LaDuke February 16, 2021 More than 20 years ago, Alex White Plume, a leader of the Oglala Lakota, planted his first hemp crop on Wounded Knee Creek, on the Pine…

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