Posted in Analysis Politics Racism Republicans

Texas voting law builds on long legacy of racism from GOP leaders

In the early 1960s, U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona, a Republican, challenged the GOP’s more liberal politicians to redefine the Republican Party as what newspaper editor William Loeb called “the white man’s party.” by Chris Lamb,…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Jails Prisons

Correctional officers are driving the pandemic in prisons

New research shows correctional officers are vectors of infection, driving COVID-19 rates both inside prisons and in their communities.   While prison may isolate people from the larger community, it does not isolate them from COVID-19.  Scott…

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Posted in 2022 Senate Campaign Analysis

With Senate again up for grabs, 2022 already a multimillion-dollar race

  By Brooke Newman, Cronkite News July 21, 2021   Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly has a huge fundraising lead over potential challengers to his 2022 re-election bid, but analysts say that’s still no guarantee in a campaign…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter

Why Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘Whitey on the Moon’ still feels relevant today

Recent space flights by multi-billionaires highlight the extreme economic inequality in America. Joe Raedle/Getty Images A.D. Carson, University of Virginia Not long after the July 20, 1969, Moon landing, Gil Scott-Heron – a poet hailed as…

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Even with a decree banning fires, flames and clouds of smoke were seen near the city of Novo Progresso, in southern Pará, Brazil, on August 15, 2020. (Photo: Ernesto Carriço/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Climate change Environment

‘Biggest story in the world right now’: Humanity has flipped Amazon from carbon sink to source

The findings, said one expert, “show that the uncertain future is happening now.” by Jessica Corbett, Staff writer July 14, 2021 Following years of warnings and mounting fears among scientists, new research revealed Wednesday that climate…

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A protester holds a banner reading "The KKK and Neo-Nazis Are Domestic Terrorists" during a rally against then-U.S. President Donald Trump on August 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Democracy

US military document puts socialists in same category as Neo-Nazis

The Intercept releases story ‘Disturbing’ The Navy’s new counterterrorism training guide says that socialists are “political terrorists,” just like neo-nazis. “Whoever is directing the Navy anti-terror curriculum would rather vilify the left than actually protect anything,”…

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Posted in Analysis Pro Publica Taxes Wealth

The Secret IRS files: Trove of never-before-seen records reveal how the wealthiest avoid income tax

ProPublica has obtained a vast cache of IRS information showing how billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett pay little in income tax compared to their massive wealth — sometimes, even nothing. by Jesse…

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Posted in Analysis Unemployment

Biden faces backlash over ‘shameful’ capitulation to GOP governors as they end unemployment lifelines

“You only take back the lifeline when people aren’t drowning,” said Claire Guzdar of the Groundwork Collaborative. by Jake Johnson, Staff Writer June 5, 2021 Biden administration officials publicly signaled Friday that they have no intention…

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Posted in Analysis Arizona Restart 2021 Unemployment insurance

GOP Governors’ termination of jobless aid could cost local economies over $12 billion

“If states proceed with their plans to end these critical programs, they will be ripping the rug out from under millions of Americans and further hindering our economic recovery.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, June…

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A protester holds a Trump 2024 flag in front of the Pennsylvania State Capitol on February 27, 2021. (Photo: Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Conspiracy theories Dirty Tricks Elections

Is the Big Lie a ‘test run’ for what comes next?

With Republicans set to block a commission to probe the January 6 attack, progressives warn “the insurrection never actually stopped.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, May 27, 2021   With Senate Republicans expected to use…

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Posted in Analysis world

As the Palestinian minority takes to the streets, Israel is having its own Black Lives Matter moment

Israeli-arabs gesture and wave Palestinian flags at Israelis in a Jewish community building, during renewed riots in the city of Lod on May 11. Oren Ziv/picture alliance via Getty ImagesJames L. Gelvin, University of California, Los…

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Venezuelan asylum seeker Jhinezka de Arias holds her son Cristhofer at the bus station in Brownsville, Texas, on Feb. 25. Credit: Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica
Posted in Analysis Biden Administration Immigration

Border policy Is getting more and more convoluted. That’s creating false hope for migrants.

The Biden administration and the Mexican government have made the situation at the border so confusing that even seasoned experts can’t always determine who is allowed in and who isn’t. That may be contributing to the…

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Dry conditions across the West follow a hot, dry year of record-setting wildfires in 2020. Communities were left with scenes like this, from California’s Creek Fire. Amir Aghakouchak/University of California Irvine
Posted in Analysis Water Wild Fire

Another dangerous fire season is looming in the Western U.S., and the drought-stricken region is headed for a water crisis

May 13, 2021 2.17pm EDT Updated May 13, 2021 3.54pm EDT by Mojtaba Sadegh, Boise State University; Amir AghaKouchak, University of California, Irvine, and John Abatzoglou, University of California, Merced   Just about every indicator of…

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Lawyers were stopped while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and questioned by counterterrorism agents. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Posted in Abuse of power Analysis Pro Publica

Documents Show Trump Officials Used Secret Terrorism Unit to Question Lawyers at the Border

In newly disclosed records, Trump officials cited conspiracies about Antifa to justify interrogating immigration lawyers with a special terrorism unit. The documents also show that more lawyers were targeted than previously known. by Dara Lind  …

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A new report finds that 51 of the nation's 100 biggest low-wage employers manipulated their rules to boost executive pay while offering their workers few safeguards against the pandemic and resulting economic meltdown.(Image: Institute for Policy Studies)
Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Wealth

Corporations rigged rules to boost pandemic pay of CEOs

“By inflating executive compensation while their workers struggled during a pandemic, corporate boards have strengthened the case for tax penalties on huge CEO-worker pay gaps.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, May 11, 2021   Dozens…

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A gas flare is seen at an oil well site on July 26, 2013 outside Williston, North Dakota. Gas flares are created when excess flammable gases are released by pressure release valves during the drilling for oil and natural gas. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Climate change

New UN report highlights ‘absolutely critical’ need to dramatically slash global methane emissions

“Reducing human-caused methane emissions is one of the most cost-effective strategies to rapidly reduce the rate of warming and contribute significantly to global efforts to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday,…

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Posted in Analysis Cannabis

What the United States can learn from Canada’s cannabis clarity

by  Michael J. Armstrong, Brock University and Paul Seaborn, University of Virginia Sunday, May 2 The inherent contradictions of American cannabis laws seem to appear in the news almost every week. At the state level, for…

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Posted in Analysis Reparations

Ancient Christian thinkers made a case for reparations that has striking relevance today

Particularly notable is the fact that Tertullian makes the case for reparations to be paid to the descendants of the Israelites who had been forcibly enslaved centuries earlier. by David Lincicum, University of Notre Dame Sunday,…

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Posted in Analysis Privacy

FTC warns the AI industry: Don’t discriminate, or else

The Federal Trade Commission is rattling its saber at the technology industry over growing public concern about biased AI algorithms. Can the agency back up its threats? by  Ryan Calo, University of Washington Saturday, May 1,…

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Posted in Analysis Citizen Wealth COVID Reboot 2021

Third round of coronavirus relief checks led to largest monthly rise in household income since 1959

“This is what happens when you opt for investing in working people over trickle-down economics.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, April 30, 2021   The third round of coronavirus relief checks, which have been sent…

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Posted in Analysis Wealth Tax Workers

How Biden’s paid leave proposal would benefit workers, their families and their employers too

by  Joya Misra, University of Massachusetts Amherst Friday, April 30, 2021   Making ends meet when you have a newborn is easier with paid family leave.   John Moore/Getty Images.   The Biden administration is proposing a…

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Posted in Analysis Government Politics

Biden gives Congress his vision to ‘win the 21st century’ – scholars react

President Joe Biden spoke to Congress on April 28, 2021, with a historic duo flanking him: two women, one of them African American. Vice President Kamala Harris called the proceedings to order; Speaker of the House Nancy…

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Posted in Analysis Privacy

Shhhh, they’re listening – inside the coming voice-profiling revolution

by   Joseph Turow, University of Pennsylvania April 29, 2021   Companies could soon tailor what they try to sell you based on the mood conveyed by the sound of your voice. CSA-Printstock via Getty Images  …

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Posted in Analysis Carbon Conservation

The climate solution actually adding millions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere

New research shows that California’s climate policy created up to 39 million carbon credits that aren’t achieving real carbon savings. But companies can buy these forest offsets to justify polluting more anyway. by Lisa Song, ProPublica,…

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