Judge muzzles progressive Democrat advocating Column 1 team in Roselle

A Union County Superior Court judge, who was a Republican New Providence councilman before he was appointed to the bench by Governor Chris Christie, has imposed restraints on the progressive Democratic activist championing the election of Column 1 school board candidates in Roselle. James J. Devine, a progressive strategist who served as political director atContinue reading “Judge muzzles progressive Democrat advocating Column 1 team in Roselle”

Senate Democrats unveil tax plan for corporations currently paying nothing

 A group of senators released new details of a plan to impose a 15% minimum corporate tax that is expected to affect about 200 companies. United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Angus King (I-Maine), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced an updated proposal that prevents America’s largest corporations from paying nothing in federal taxes and whichContinue reading “Senate Democrats unveil tax plan for corporations currently paying nothing”

Biden said he is “very optimistic”

President Joe Biden said he is “very optimistic” on completing a deal this week on his pared-down social safety net spending plan, an assessment echoed by one of the centrist Democratic lawmakers who has been holding back on his support. Biden said that his Sunday meeting with West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who has soughtContinue reading “Biden said he is “very optimistic””

NASA finds planet in another galaxy

Scientists believe they have detected signs of a planet transiting a star outside of the Milky Way, in what could be the first planet ever to be discovered outside our galaxy. This intriguing result, using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, opens up a new window to search for exoplanets at greater distances than ever before, accordingContinue reading “NASA finds planet in another galaxy”

Gasoline prices rise as low supply meets big and growing demand

Since Monday, the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline has increased by four cents to $3.36, largely as a result of people returning to travel after Covid-19 lockdowns without a supply chain in place to make op for lagging production. U.S. regular retail gasoline prices averaged $2.17 per gallon in 2020, 44Continue reading “Gasoline prices rise as low supply meets big and growing demand”

Judge: USPS must turn over documents of Postmaster Louis DeJoy’s conflicts

A federal judge ruled last night that the US Postal Service must give Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington documents about potential conflicts of interest by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. Over the past seven years, the USPS has reportedly paid approximately $286 million to XPO Logistics, DeJoy’s ex-employer, and has “ramped up its business”Continue reading “Judge: USPS must turn over documents of Postmaster Louis DeJoy’s conflicts”

EPA will tackle ‘forever chemicals’

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it’s comprehensive Strategic Roadmap to confront per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination nationwide. The plan is the result of a thorough analysis conducted by the EPA Council on PFAS that Administrator Regan established in April 2021. EPA’s Roadmap is centered on three guiding strategies: Increase investments in research, leverage authoritiesContinue reading “EPA will tackle ‘forever chemicals’”

Jersey City gang member charged in 2020 shooting

An alleged member of the SaLaf Enterprise gang in Jersey City has been charged with shooting a rival gangster in June 2020 that resulted in the death of a 34-year-old man. Shamar Bey, 29, of Jersey City, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering and dischargingContinue reading “Jersey City gang member charged in 2020 shooting”

U.S. saber-rattling on high after China’s surprise hypersonic missile test

China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August, showing a capability that caught U.S. intelligence by surprise but it is possible that America’s military industrial complex is exaggerating aggression in Asia to replace vanquished enemies from the Cold War and global war against terror. China’s test of a hypersonic missile in space was called aContinue reading “U.S. saber-rattling on high after China’s surprise hypersonic missile test”

Biden administration reinstates Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ asylum policy

The Biden administration reinstating a controversial Trump-era immigration policy along its southern border that forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their hearings in US immigration court. But the plan to restore the “Remain in Mexico” program, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), next month requires the approval and cooperation of theContinue reading “Biden administration reinstates Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ asylum policy”

Capitol Police officer indicted for aiding attempted Trump coup d’état terrorist

A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges after prosecutors say he helped to hide evidence of a terrorist’s involvement in January’s attempted coup d’état. Capitol Police Officer Michael Angelo Riley was charged Friday with trying to protect someone later accused of illegally entering the Capitol during the riot. Riley,Continue reading “Capitol Police officer indicted for aiding attempted Trump coup d’état terrorist”

President Bill Clinton recovering in hospital from infection

Former President Bill Clinton remained in a California hospital on Friday, where he was recovering from an infection three days after he was admitted. Clinton was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center’s intensive care unit for a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream, his doctors who said his ailment wasContinue reading “President Bill Clinton recovering in hospital from infection”

Police seek missing Roselle teenager

Authorities are asking the public for help to try and find Marvens Adolphe, a missing Union County teenager who was last seen by his family about a week ago. Roselle Police described 19-year-old Marvens Adolphe as 6-foot-2-inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, wearing a black sweater and black sweatpants. He was seen on Thursday, Oct. 7Continue reading “Police seek missing Roselle teenager”

CREW: Government should cut off contracts with Trump Organization

The Trump Organization should be suspended from all federal contracts and programs, according to a referral sent today by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the Project on Government Oversight and government contracts expert Professor Steven L. Schooner, the Nash & Cibinic Professor of Government Procurement Law at The George Washington University’s Law School.Continue reading “CREW: Government should cut off contracts with Trump Organization”

PennEast pipeline pulling the plug

State officials submitted a letter to Third Circuit Court of the U.S. Court of Appeals on Monday, September 20, stating that New Jersey has reached an agreement in principle with the PennEast pipeline company, which has been seeking condemnation of 42 state lands for construction of an interstate gas pipeline. The announcement comes on theContinue reading “PennEast pipeline pulling the plug”

George Holliday, who filmed police beating Rodney King, has died at 61

George Holliday, the man who videotaped the beating of Rodney King by four Los Angeles Police Department officers, has died from COVID-19. Holliday, the Los Angeles plumber who shot grainy video of four white police officers beating the Black motorist in 1991, died Sunday at a Los Angeles hospital from complications of COVID-19. Holliday, 61,Continue reading “George Holliday, who filmed police beating Rodney King, has died at 61”

Stagehand strike seems a show-stopper

Hollywood seems like a glamorous world to outsiders but behind the scenes, the creative engines of America’s entertainment industry function much like other industries, where most of the heavy labor is done by low-paid employees while the fattest paychecks go to executives and investors who often do little more than push pencils or move money.Continue reading “Stagehand strike seems a show-stopper”

Trump lawyer sought to enlist VP Mike Pence in plot to subvert Constitution

A conservative lawyer working with then-President Donald Trump’s legal team tried to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence that he could overturn the election results on January 6 when Congress counted the Electoral College votes by throwing out electors from seven states, according to the new book “Peril” from Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.Continue reading “Trump lawyer sought to enlist VP Mike Pence in plot to subvert Constitution”

The European Union, US & 7 countries pledge to reduce methane emissions

The United States and European Union announced today the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative to reduce global methane emissions to be launched at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26). President Joe Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen urged countries at the U.S.-led Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate to joinContinue reading “The European Union, US & 7 countries pledge to reduce methane emissions”

FDA fails to ban ‘forever chemicals’ from food containers, despite known health risks

The Food and Drug Administration is again failing to protect consumers from the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances). Despite evidence that PFAS from these containers can contaminate the food in them, the FDA is merely reminding food packaging makers against unauthorized use of the substances, instead of banning them. TheContinue reading “FDA fails to ban ‘forever chemicals’ from food containers, despite known health risks”