Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Investigations Pro Publica

How Operation Warp Speed created vaccination chaos

States are struggling to plan their vaccination programs with just one week’s notice for how many doses they’ll receive from the federal government. The incoming Biden administration is deciding what to do with this dysfunctional system….

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Posted in Government News Politics

Memo details steps Biden can take to sidestep GOP obstruction, from reconciliation to shutting down the filibuster

“Biden was elected with a mandate to break gridlock and deliver results. He should use it.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, January 19 With Senate Republicans already indicating that they will attempt to block passage…

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Posted in Accountability Investigations

“No One Took Us Seriously”: Black Cops Warned About Racist Capitol Police Officers for Years

“No One Took Us Seriously”: Black Cops Warned About Racist Capitol Police Officers for Years Allegations of racism against the Capitol Police are nothing new: Over 250 Black cops have sued the department since 2001. Some…

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Posted in Accountability Congressional Oversight News

House votes on removing, possibly impeaching Trump after mob attacks

by  Sarah Oven, Cronkite News Wednesday, January 13, 2021   WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers split along party lines late Tuesday as the House passed a resolution urging Vice President Mike Pence to remove President Trump from office…

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Posted in Accountability Columns Democracy Robert Reich

Impeach Trump. Then arrest Trump. Then prosecute him for sedition

Unless all who participated in or abetted the attempted overthrow of the United States government are held accountable, it will happen again. Next time it may succeed. by Robert Reich Monday, January 11, 2021 Call me…

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Posted in Accountability News Right Wing Militias

Failure to hold Trump accountable for Capitol siege means ‘it will happen again,’ says Rep. Ocasio-Cortez

“If another head of state came in and ordered an attack on the United States Congress, would we say that that should not be prosecuted?” the New York Democrat said Sunday. by Andrea Germanos, staff write…

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Posted in Accountability Investigations News

Before mob stormed the Capitol, days of security planning involved Cabinet officials and President Trump

A Pentagon memo offers one version of events — six days of preparation for a rally that quickly spiraled out of control. by Joshua Kaplan Saturday, Jan. 9, 7:19 p.m. MST President Donald Trump met with…

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Posted in Abuse of power Accountability News Social Media

Big Tech further mutes President, far right megaphone as demands for Trump removal swell

Google yanked Parler from its app store Friday in light of “continued posting… that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the U.S.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Saturday, January 9, 2021 Amid ongoing calls for President…

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Posted in Biden Administration Government News Politics

With Senate majority reclaimed, progressives demand bold agenda from Biden

‘No More Excuses’ “A working majority in both houses of Congress means that any decision to court Republican votes will be made by choice.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, January 8, 2021 With President Donald…

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Posted in Accountability Analysis Democracy

US Capitol protesters, egged on by Trump, are part of a long history of white supremacists hearing politicians’ words as encouragement

Today, white supremacists appear to interpret politicians’ remarks as support for their cause of a new civil war to create a white-dominated government, and instead of protecting from that President Donald Trump facilitated an attack. These…

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Posted in Accountability Columns Wade Rathke

Capitol Police asleep at the switch

by Wade Rathke Friday, January 8, 2021 New Orleans    One of the late-night comedians noted that these early resignations from White House staff and cabinet officers with less than two weeks before Biden’s inauguration are…

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Posted in Accountability Government News

Dodging 25th Amendment push, Betsy DeVos resigns

Bye-bye Betsy! ‘Complicity, Cowardice, and Complete Incompetence’ “Good riddance, Betsy. You were the worst Secretary of Education ever.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, January 8, 2021 Education Secretary Betsy DeVos late Thursday became the second…

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Posted in Banks Debt Investigations

A lender sued thousands of lower-income Latinos during the pandemic. Now it wants to be a National Bank.

Oportun, which lends in only a dozen states, applied for a bank charter late last year. Consumer and Latino civil rights groups are pushing back, citing the findings of a joint investigation by ProPublica and The…

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Posted in Accountability Analysis Democracy

Trump Cabinet/advisors criticized for resigning. Running Is ‘Not Courageous, It’s Cowardly,’ Say Supporters of 25th Amendment Ouster

“At this late a stage, resignations help little beyond serving as late attempts at self-preservation,” argued Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer January 7, 2021 Progressive lawmakers and advocacy groups on Thursday urged members…

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Posted in Congressional Oversight Investigations News

House Oversight chair says Trump team trashing White House records

In a letter to the U.S. government archivist, Rep. Carolyn Maloney says her committee “has no visibility into what is happening” in terms of record-keeping for administration documents. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Monday, December 21,…

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Posted in Accountability Coronavirus Investigations News

House Democrats Subpoena HHS and CDC bosses over alleged political interference in Covid-19 response

“The subpoenas were necessary because… efforts to interfere with scientific work at CDC were far more extensive and dangerous than previously known,” asserted Rep. James Clyburn. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Monday, December 21, 2020 Accusing…

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Posted in First Peoples News Housing Policy Investigations

The government promised to return Ancestral Hawaiian land, then never finished the job

Native Hawaiians are still waiting for state and federal officials to fulfill the promises of land legislation that was signed into law 25 years ago. “Justice delayed is justice denied,” said one former governor. by Rob…

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Posted in Biden Administration Climate change Interview

John Kerry, Biden’s Climate Czar, talks about saving the planet

In the months before the election, Joe Biden’s most influential voice on the issue of our age shared his views on climate migration, open borders, the threat of nationalism, and the challenge posed by China. by…

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Posted in Biden Administration First Peoples News Government

Biden picks Deb Haaland for Interior Secretary

‘A Perfect Choice’ “We can make real progress on stopping climate change and ensure sovereignty and dignity for all native people and justice for all.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Thursday, December 17, 2020 President-elect Joe…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Investigations Wealth

Most profitable US companies fired workers, enriched shareholders during pandemic

“This is a global crisis but the big companies are not treating it as one—they haven’t skipped a beat.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Thursday, December 17, 2020 While the Covid-19 pandemic and corresponding economic crisis…

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Posted in Environmental Justice Investigations Toxic Chemicals

Pollution, poverty and pandemic collide

In a segregated community outside of an Alabama oil refinery, chronic illness tells a story of racial inequality, poverty and disease as U.S. deaths from COVID-19 surpass 300,000. by Sean Reilly, E&E News Wednesday, December 16,…

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Posted in Banks Investigations Pro Publica

JPMorgan Chase Bank wrongly charged 170,000 customers overdraft fees. Federal regulators refused to penalize it.

Documents and records show that bank examiners have avoided penalizing at least six banks that incorrectly charged overdraft and related fees to hundreds of thousands of customers. by Patrick Rucker, The Capitol Forum Monday, December 14,…

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Posted in Analysis Biden Administration Politics

Question: How should the left Judge Biden’s success? Answer from a leftist: ‘How many people stop going hungry’ Is One Good Way

“Honestly, if Biden is able to keep his own campaign promises,” says Justice Democrats co-founder Saikat Chakrabarti, “that’ll be pretty good.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Sunday, December 13, 2020 With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic driving…

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Posted in Accountability Health Care Investigations

This system Is supposed to protect people with developmental disabilities. It is falling apart.

Arizona’s Independent Oversight Committees helped make it one of the best places to live as a person with DD. But now they say the state isn’t giving them what they need. by Amy Silverman for Arizona…

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