Hunterdon County junior firefighter Daniel Edelstein died at age 26

Daniel Brandon Edelstein, age 26 years, of Whitehouse Station, NJ, died on Friday, June 11, 2021 at his home. Daniel was born in New Brunswick, NJ on June 29, 1994. He attended Hunterdon Central High School (2009-2013) where he was a member of the lacrosse and ice hockey teams. He received his undergraduate education fromContinue reading “Hunterdon County junior firefighter Daniel Edelstein died at age 26”

Accountability for unconstitutional discrimination, police brutality & racism

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) and Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (D-Wash.-10) reintroduced the Enhancing Oversight to End Discrimination in Policing Act to strengthen the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) and state governments’ ability to investigate police departments with a pattern or practice of unconstitutional and discriminatory behavior. During the Obama administration, DOJ used its authorityContinue reading “Accountability for unconstitutional discrimination, police brutality & racism”

Defending Americans’ right to vote

By Attorney General Merrick B. Garland I was sworn in as Attorney General exactly three months ago. In that time, I have had a chance to work directly with several of you on some of the most consequential matters in the Justice Department. I consulted with the division in connection with the opening of twoContinue reading “Defending Americans’ right to vote”

Despite the GOP, we must demand accountability for Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots

By U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. Republicans’ reprehensible blockade of a Jan. 6 commission is an escalation of the GOP’s growing war on democracy. House Democrats should not waste a moment to form a select congressional committee and expose the truth about that day. Our inability to act will not just paper over the worst attack everContinue reading “Despite the GOP, we must demand accountability for Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots”

Guns are killing more Americans

A 13-year-old boy was injured in Newark’s North Ward on June 11, 2021, when about six male suspects jumped out of a vehicle armed with guns near 128 Wakeman Street and began to fire rounds at that location. Police said one of the eight bullets struck the child in his leg. Vineland police are searchingContinue reading “Guns are killing more Americans”

How We Calculated the True Tax Rates of the Wealthiest

by Jeff Ernsthausen, Paul Kiel and Jesse Eisinger For the article “Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax,” ProPublica delved deep into the taxes and strategies of the 25 wealthiest people in America. The story’s main finding was that these 25 people saw their worth rise a collective $401 billion fromContinue reading “How We Calculated the True Tax Rates of the Wealthiest”

Nicaragua detained Ortega challengers

The Nicaraguan government arrested President Daniel Ortega’s top challengers in the November elections in a sharp escalation of political repression and the move has triggered a strong response from the Biden administration. Geoff Thale, president of the Washington Office on Latin America, an advocacy group, said the arrests were a signal to the Biden administrationContinue reading “Nicaragua detained Ortega challengers”

Diana Neste of Whitehouse Station Named RoboCupJunior Champion

Diana Neste, a junior at Mount Saint Mary Academy, has been named a RoboCupJunior OnStage National Champion. She excelled as part of the Storming Robots team in Branchburg, NJ. She has been a member since the fourth grade. According to mathematics teacher Stephen Muratore, the RoboCupJunior OnStage invites teams to develop a creative stage performanceContinue reading “Diana Neste of Whitehouse Station Named RoboCupJunior Champion”

Justice advocates demand probe of Essex County voting snafu

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and 19 other advocates today sent a letter to Essex County Superintendent of Elections Patty Spango requesting an investigation into problems at multiple polling places in Newark for this week’s primary election and prior balloting. During the June 8 primary, multiple polling places in Newark did not haveContinue reading “Justice advocates demand probe of Essex County voting snafu”

Pascrell: ProPublica Report Reflects Broken Tax System

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, commented on a report by ProPublica describing how some of the richest Americans pay little taxes commensurate with their titanic fortunes. Simultaneously, the Congressman sent a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig asking if the information documentedContinue reading “Pascrell: ProPublica Report Reflects Broken Tax System”

VA seeks feedback from veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs continues this June to seek feedback from veterans and communities to help shape the future of VA health care policy. VA has been hosting public virtual listening sessions across the country since March to hear from veterans on their thoughts about how to improve the care they receive from VA.Continue reading “VA seeks feedback from veterans”

Six new trustees join Union County College Foundation

At the May board meeting of the Union County College Foundation, six community members were elected as new trustees to the board. The new members are: Rev. Dr. Selina D. Carter of Plainfield, Rev. Dr. Francis A. Hubbard of Berkeley Heights, Ken Orchard of Little Silver, Colleen Shea of Cranford, Steven St. Pierre Fernandez ofContinue reading “Six new trustees join Union County College Foundation”

Protections sought for wolves in wilderness areas

A coalition of wildlife advocates and hunters, represented by the non-profit environmental law firm Earthjustice, today asked the U.S. Forest Service to issue new protections for wolves in designated wilderness areas following Idaho and Montana’s enactment of a rash of aggressive anti-wolf laws. The petition, submitted to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and top Forest ServiceContinue reading “Protections sought for wolves in wilderness areas”

The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax

by Jesse Eisinger, Jeff Ernsthausen and Paul Kiel | ProPublica In 2007, Jeff Bezos, then a multibillionaire and now the world’s richest man, did not pay a penny in federal income taxes. He achieved the feat again in 2011. In 2018, Tesla founder Elon Musk, the second-richest person in the world, also paid no federalContinue reading “The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax”

Biden’s Budget Is Great for Everyday Americans

President Joe Biden released his $6 trillion budget request to Congress for fiscal year 2022 and the ensuing decade. The White House sent Congress a spending plan that would ramp up spending on infrastructure, education and combating climate change, arguing it makes good fiscal sense to invest now, when the cost of borrowing is cheap,Continue reading “Biden’s Budget Is Great for Everyday Americans”

Active shooter at Texas military base

Authorities are reporting an active shooter at Joint Base San Antonio, located in Texas, which is the Department of Defense’s largest combined military station. According to the base’s Facebook page and a message posted on Twitter: "All base personnel implement LOCKDOWN procedures and immediately take cover." A second post said there were no immediate reportsContinue reading “Active shooter at Texas military base”

No end in sight to Assange’s Promethean plight

Several months after a British judge blocked his extradition to the U.S.–citing that conditions in America’s inhumane prison system would be detrimental to his health–WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange continues to be held in a maximum-security prison in the United Kingdom. The mistreatment of Assange over the past decade has been defined as “psychological torture” byContinue reading “No end in sight to Assange’s Promethean plight”