Arizona congressman facing House censure-resolution vote today

The House of Representatives will vote today on whether or not to censure Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar after he shared an animated video on social media that depicted him engaging in violence against members of the Democratic Party. Gosar’s altered video depicts him as the hero who battles the Titans alongside the altered imagesContinue reading “Arizona congressman facing House censure-resolution vote today”

SALT deduction gives billions to the rich instead of Medicare expansion

In the latest version of the White House’s Build Back Better plan, House Democrats have managed to offer big rewards to wealthy taxpayers in blue states while keeping the cost of the plan under $1.75 trillion. The second-biggest program in the latest version of President Biden’s Build Back Better legislation is a $285 billion taxContinue reading “SALT deduction gives billions to the rich instead of Medicare expansion”

Sanders will vote against $778 billion National Defense Authorization Act

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a longtime member and former chair of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee who has effusively honored the extraordinary bravery of our nation’s veterans, says our country does not need to let the Pentagon spend $778 billion. Consequently, Sanders said he will vote against the National Defense Authorization Act. “Many of my colleagues,Continue reading “Sanders will vote against $778 billion National Defense Authorization Act”

Donald Trump should have been indicted for obstruction of justice

Special counsel Robert Mueller found no proof that President Donald Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign in ways that would justify a criminal prosecution but he reached the conclusion that Congress had to decide whether Trump obstructed justice, because the U.S. Department of Justice could not indict the chief executive. Now thatContinue reading “Donald Trump should have been indicted for obstruction of justice”

6 Things to Know about Carbon Removal and the Climate Crisis

By Kelley Gardner New research shows that at least 85 percent of the global population has already experienced weather events made worse or more frequent by climate change, and the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report concluded that many of the impacts of climate change are widespread, intensifying, and likely irreversible. Meanwhile, global carbon capture projects have surged 50Continue reading “6 Things to Know about Carbon Removal and the Climate Crisis”

Alex Jones will pay for defaming dead kids in Connecticut school shooting

Sandy Hook families who sued right-wing extremist and conspiracy peddler Alex Jones in Connecticut have won their case by default, a state Superior Court judge ruled Monday. Jones has promoted conspiracy theories alleging that the United States government falsified the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting, either concealed information about the 1995 Oklahoma CityContinue reading “Alex Jones will pay for defaming dead kids in Connecticut school shooting”

Danny Fenster is coming home

American journalist Danny Fenster was on his way home on Monday, hours after being released from six months’ imprisonment in Myanmar, where he was sentenced last week to 11 more years behind bars. Fenster, wearing a knit cap, a shaggy beard and sandals, said he felt “great” after landing in Doha, Qatar on a charteredContinue reading “Danny Fenster is coming home”

Appeals to community spirit, shame most likely to shift vaccine attitudes

Pro-vaccine messages that appeal to community spirit or evoke the sense of embarrassment people would feel if they were to spread COVID-19 to friends and family are effective in persuading individuals to get vaccinated and encourage others to do the same, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the Center for the StudyContinue reading “Appeals to community spirit, shame most likely to shift vaccine attitudes”

Trump adviser Steve Bannon surrenders after coup d’etat indictment

Steve Bannon, former President Donald Trump’s one-time top adviser who was indicted last week for defying a congressional subpoena related to the deadly attempted coup d’etat on Jan. 6, surrendered to federal authorities on Monday. Two leaders of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, Democratic Rep. BennieContinue reading “Trump adviser Steve Bannon surrenders after coup d’etat indictment”

Legislation aims to block robbery of exorbitant prison phone charges

American households collectively pay $1 billion to call family members in jail or prison every year, and more than a third of families go into debt to pay for phone calls and visits to incarcerated loved ones. U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) has longfought to lower prison phone rates and reintroduced his Martha Wright Prison Phone Justice Act in April. “Several studies,Continue reading “Legislation aims to block robbery of exorbitant prison phone charges”

No justice appears likely for criminal who incited the attempted coup d’etat

Saturday, Nov. 6, marked 10 months since the Jan. 6 attempted coup d’etat at the U.S. Capitol disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the process of affirming the presidential election results, but prosecutors have failed to level charges against former President Donald Trump or any of his close associates for the roleContinue reading “No justice appears likely for criminal who incited the attempted coup d’etat”

Emails show Trump interfered in CDC effort to warn Americans of Covid-19

New emails and documents released by a congressional committee investigating the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic show that top White House officials interfered in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s efforts to warn Americans about Covid-19 in order to protect the president’s re-election effort. The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hasContinue reading “Emails show Trump interfered in CDC effort to warn Americans of Covid-19”

Congress ignores slavery reparations

Seven months ago, a House committee advanced a bill to study reparations for slavery, after more than three decades of efforts to build support for the idea. When the House Judiciary Committee took up the bill on April 15, 2021, it was the first time the committee acted on the legislation since former Democratic Rep. John ConyersContinue reading “Congress ignores slavery reparations”

New Jersey man admits to stealing $1.2 million in unemployment benefits

A New Jersey man who with the help of an alleged accomplice submitted more than 100 fraudulent claims for federal COVID-19-related unemployment benefits that resulted in more than $1.2 million in payments pleaded guilty to wire fraud on Friday. Omar Thompson, 39, of Paterson, New Jersey, and the other person, whose name was redacted fromContinue reading “New Jersey man admits to stealing $1.2 million in unemployment benefits”

Progressive Democratic champion honors slain hero Karen Silkwood

A progressive Democratic activist in New Jersey paid homage to Karen Silkwood, who was killed on this day 47 years ago. In the fall of 1974, 28-year-old Karen was in the middle of a union battle with Kerr-McGee over worker safety violations but when she found out she was contaminated with a lethal dose ofContinue reading “Progressive Democratic champion honors slain hero Karen Silkwood”

State touts Environmental Justice

Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn LaTourette is launching a series of initiatives to ensure strong community involvement in state actions intended to improve the environment, public health and quality of life in communities historically overburdened by pollution. Today, LaTourette announced the expansion of the Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Environmental Justice, the launch of aContinue reading “State touts Environmental Justice”

Lawrence Township police officer arrested for child pornography

A Lawrence Township police officer was arrested for allegedly possessing dozens of files of child sex abuse material (CSAM) on his mobile phone. Officer Shane Hickey, 29, of Lawrence Township, N.J. was charged by complaint-summons on November 10 with a charge of third-degree possession of CSAM. Following a tip to the New Jersey State Police’sContinue reading “Lawrence Township police officer arrested for child pornography”

Steve Bannon indicted for contempt of Congress in failed coup d’etat probe

Steve Bannon, an ally of disgraced former President Donald Trump, was indicted Friday by a federal grand jury on two counts of contempt of Congress for ignoring a subpoena issued by the House select committee investigating the deadly attempted coup d’etat on Jan. 6. Bannon, 67, refused to show up to testify to the committeeContinue reading “Steve Bannon indicted for contempt of Congress in failed coup d’etat probe”

Ciattarelli concedes governor’s race

Republican Jack Ciattarelli conceded the New Jersey governor’s race on during a press conference at the Raritan Municipal Building, saying that he will not request a recount but does plan to run again in four years. Ciattarelli made the statement with his wife, Melinda, by his side at a news conference in his hometown, whereContinue reading “Ciattarelli concedes governor’s race”

New Jersey Democrats choose often missing misogynist as Senate President

New Jersey Democrats elected as Senate President a lawmaker who allegedly claimed that domestic violence complaints are frequently fabricated and subjected his ex-wife to a confidentiality agreement in their 2005 divorce that prohibits her from discussing their five-year marriage. Nicholas Scutari, the longtime chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who is known as “No-show Nick”,Continue reading “New Jersey Democrats choose often missing misogynist as Senate President”