Posted in Impeachment

Sinema, Kelly vote to convict, as Senate acquits Trump of incitement

by Staff reporters, Cronkite News Saturday, February 13, 2021 Washington, D.C.    Arizona’s senators joined all Democrats and a handful of Republicans Saturday in an unsuccessful attempt to convict former President Donald Trump in a historic…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

No veritas in O’Keefe’s Project Veritas

New Orleans    The scurrilous, criminal provocateur, James O’Keefe, and his have finally been reined in after a dozen years of mayhem and damage. Ironically, they are being hobbled by a new sheriff in the public…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Racism White Privilege

AstraZeneca told to justify unequal vaccine pricing amid soaring profits

“Why is the global south paying more than rich countries for your #Covid19 vaccine?” Global Justice Now asks the pharmaceutical giant, which has pledged not to profit from the vaccine during the pandemic. by Jessica Corbett,…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Policing

Outrage and disgust as charges dropped for Buffalo police officers who fractured skull of 75-year-old peaceful protester

“Despite the video evidence of the officers’ misconduct, a grand jury has dismissed the charges.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, February 12, 2021 Outrage erupted after all charges against Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe—the police…

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Posted in Accountability Analysis Policing Pro Publica

“I don’t trust the people above me”: Riot squad cops open up about disastrous response to Capitol insurrection

Interviews with 19 current and former officers show how failures of leadership and communication put hundreds of Capitol cops at risk and allowed rioters to get dangerously close to members of Congress. by Joaquin Sapien and…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus White Privilege

People over 75 are first in line to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The average Black person doesn’t live that long.

Prioritizing COVID-19 vaccinations for people 75 and up can leave out Black Americans, who tend to die younger than their white counterparts. In one majority-Black county, this age gap raises questions about how to make the…

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Posted in Minimum wage News Restart 2021

‘It is not a budget item,’ Democrat Kyrsten Sinema falsely says as she joins Joe Manchin in opposing $15 wage

“She is incorrect. It has a budgetary impact, and it was verified by CBO. Let’s get it done now.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, February 12, 2021 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Friday joined fellow conservative…

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Posted in Impeachment News

WATCH LIVE: Defense to deliver rebuttal on Day 4 of Impeachment Trial after Dems dub Trump ‘Inciter-in-Chief’

Over three days, House impeachment managers shared graphic footage of the U.S. Capitol attack and compelling testimony alongside arguments that conviction is essential to thwarting future insurrection attempts. by Common Dreams staff Friday, February 12, 2021…

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Posted in News Right Wing Militias

‘Looks like Trump wasn’t playing around’: President was told Pence in danger just minutes before twitter attack on VP

Latest revelation could be put to use by Democratic impeachment managers. And as one observer put it, “When the jurors are also witnesses, strange things happen.” by Jon Queally, staff writer Thursday, February 11, 2021 Revelations…

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Posted in Arizona Conspiracy theories News

1 in 4 Arizonans still insist Trump won, as second impeachment begins

by Sarah Oven, Cronkite News Thursday, February 11, 2021 s the Senate began debate Tuesday on a historic second impeachment of former President Donald Trump, a recent poll shows that more than half of Arizona Republicans believe…

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Posted in Internet Interview

Twenty-six words created the internet. What will it take to save it?

Jeff Kosseff wrote the book on Section 230, the law that gave us the internet we have today. He talks with ProPublica Editor-in-Chief Stephen Engelberg about how we got here and how we should regulate our…

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Posted in Coronavirus News

Fauci: Vaccines for kids as young as first graders could be authorized by September

For this to happen by the start of the next school year, trials need to prove the vaccine is safe and effective in children. Experts say manufacturers aren’t moving quickly enough, and that this is important…

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Posted in Investigations Utilities

Utility companies owe millions to California regulatory agency. The problem? The agency can’t track what it’s owed.

When a whistleblower alleged that $200 million was missing from the California Public Utilities Commission, the agency says it took steps to collect. Yet an audit uncovered more missing money and cited flaws in the agency’s…

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Posted in Impeachment News

WATCH LIVE: On day two of Trump Trial, House Dems set to unveil new footage of ‘extreme violence’

The new footage, said one Democratic aide, “shows a view of the Capitol that is quite extraordinary.” by Common Dreams staff Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 9:30 am – MST Hours after the Senate reaffirmed the constitutionality…

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Posted in Columns Restart 2021 Wade Rathke

Income Ceiling on Benefits for the Rich

by Wade Rathke February 10, 2021 New Orleans   For the record, I’m clear that the government needs to give more lower income families cash, and they need to do it pretty darned quick. At the…

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Posted in Impeachment News

As Trump trial begins, impeachment officials promise ‘devastating’ new evidence

“I think it very well may be the case that reluctant senators change their mind and vote to convict,” prosecution aides said. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, January 9, 2021 Hours ahead of the start…

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Posted in Analysis Politics

Marjorie Taylor Greene and the death of the public political apology

by Edwin Battistella, Southern Oregon University Tuesday, February 9, 2021 Is ‘expressing regrets’ the equivalent of sticking air quotes around apologies?  Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images When Georgia representative and sometime QAnon enthusiast Marjorie…

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Posted in Columns Restart 2021 Wade Rathke

More cash transfers, please and pronto

by Wade Rathke February 9, 2021 New Orleans    Way back when the pandemic was over there, and then over here, and the shutdown of peoples’ lives and work began, can you remember in the first…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Service Wade Rathke

Anne Fenney

by Wade Rathke February 8, 2021 Pearl River I didn’t know Anne Fenney, but I stayed in her house. I’m not sure how that counts in degrees of separation, but I would mark it as pretty…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Wade Rathke

Little “d” democracy in action

by Wade Rathke February 7, 2021 Pearl River    There’s no question democracy is under attack all around the world, and, sadly, we are all engaged in a battle to protect the semblance of it that’s…

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Posted in Analysis Biden Administration Business Public Policy

The return of the Regulators

Like them or revile them, federal agencies seem poised to regain some of their traditional powers under the new administration. But it’s not clear how far President Biden wants them to go. by Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica…

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Posted in Journalism Op/Ed

Seeing the Pentagon Papers in a new light

We know the government lied about Vietnam. But should the reporter who published the Pentagon Papers have lied to his source? by Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica February 3, 2021   On Jan. 7, The New York Times…

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Posted in Congressional Oversight Family Separation Immigration News

Auditor says DHS knew ‘zero-tolerance’ would split families at border

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz told the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Thursday that the 2018 policy followed a test program in west Texas in which officials were not immediately able to reunite separated…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News Unemployment

Lost jobs and rising hunger: St. Mary’s Food Bank shifts gears during COVID-19

We’re serving 1,000 families a day. That means we need a box of food for 4,000 people a day. This is why volunteers are very important. We have two volunteer shifts a day. One starts at…

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