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    Attorney General Bill Barr delivered a remarkably incendiary and inflammatory speech this week, apparently defending his overtly partisan and political management of the Justice Department and triggering a wave of analysis and outrage from many of his usual critics. I’m among his usual critics and have written about his warped view of justice many times before. I have little to add to the excellent arguments about Barr’s hypocrisy and overreach that I haven’t said before. Instead, I’d like to point to a few key features of the speech and some recent reporting that I think may be flying under the radar. And at the risk of being proven decisively wrong by future of events, I’d like to engage in some...
    Even as Americans are experiencing something different in this election year, there remains strong support among voters for confident, knowledgeable presidents who exude clearheaded leadership as our nation’s president. It reminded me of a story involving a good presidential candidate who spoke the truth, got into trouble for it and self-destructed long before the election. I was a student at Hamline University in the late ’60s, serving as chair of the popular Hamline Republican Club (we outnumbered the College Democrats manyfold). One of things we did was help candidates, including the surprise election of South St. Paul attorney Harold LeVander as governor in 1966 and a young Arne Carlson’s 1967 campaign for Minneapolis mayor. Article continues after advertisement We began to...
    Meaghan Ellis September 17, 2020 0 Comments Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) shared her reaction to a report indicating Attorney General William Barr asked federal prosecutors to consider bringing charges against her for her handling of protesters. On Wednesday, Durkan took to Twitter with a statement sounding off about a report published by The New York Times which detailed Barr’s alleged actions to hold her accountable for the autonomous zone established in Seattle amid the protests following the death of George Floyd. As she described the report as “chilling,” she also expressed concern that Barr’s alleged actions appear to be an attempt to “subvert the law and use the [Justice Department (DOJ)] for political purposes.” This report is chilling and the...
    A year after the 2016 election, I overheard my first conversation in which two young men of color discussed the political issues of the day. I don’t remember what they were going on about, but the fact that they were going on about politics—and with such fervor!—was what struck immediately, as young men discussing politics was a rarity in my working-class Miami neighborhood, where typically it was older men who engaged in these sometimes heated discussions. Sitting across from them at Starbucks, I noted their interaction as an entertaining anomaly and chalked it up to the current hyper-politicized cultural moment in which anyone, at any time, might surprise you with their clearly newfound interest in politics. Which is to say...
    A whistleblower claims Facebook ignored evidence that fake accounts were used to undermine elections and political affairs around the globe, with overwhelmed junior-level employees left to arbitrarily police malevolent activity, according to BuzzFeed News. Citing “an explosive memo sent by a recently fired Facebook employee,” BuzzFeed News reported on Tuesday that now-former Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang has “concrete examples of heads of government and political parties in Azerbaijan and Honduras using fake accounts or misrepresenting themselves to sway public opinion.” The bombshell report, headlined, “'I Have Blood on My Hands’: A Whistleblower Says Facebook Ignored Global Political Manipulation,” was written by reporters Craig Silverman, Ryan Mac and Pranav Dixit after they obtained Zhang’s memo. FACEBOOK ALLOWS ROSE CITY ANTIFA TO HAVE PAGE DESPITE PROMISE TO CRACK DOWN ON DANGEROUS ORGANIZATIONS “In...
    A former Facebook employee's leaked internal memo has revealed her claims that the company ignored or deprioritized election interference campaigns outside of the U.S. and Europe, leaving junior employees to make decisions potentially affecting the fate of nations. Sophie Zhang, a recently fired data scientist on Facebook's Site Integrity team, penned the 6,600-word internal memo after turning down a $64,000 severance agreement in order to speak out, Buzzfeed reported on Monday. In the memo, she described networks of fake accounts that were seemingly being used to meddle in the politics of Euador, Azerbaijan, Brazil and elsewhere, but were relegated to low priority by Facebook. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com on Tuesday, but told Buzzfeed in...
    Days after President Donald Trump admitted to knowingly downplaying the Covid-19 pandemic in his statements to the public, new reporting late Friday revealed that Trump political aides have been reviewing—and in some cases altering—weekly CDC reports about the deadly virus in an effort to bring them into closer alignment with the president’s false narrative and claims. Politico reported Friday evening that the Health and Human Services Department’s politically appointed communications aides, led by former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo—a Republican strategist with no medical expertise—”have attempted to add caveats to the CDC’s findings, including an effort to retroactively change agency reports that they said wrongly inflated the risks of Covid-19 and should have made clear that Americans sickened by the...
    Jake Johnson September 12, 2020 11:28AM (UTC) This article originally appeared at Common Dreams. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely. Days after President Donald Trump admitted to knowingly downplaying the Covid-19 pandemic in his statements to the public, new reporting late Friday revealed that Trump political aides have been reviewing—and in some cases altering—weekly CDC reports about the deadly virus in an effort to bring them into closer alignment with the president's false narrative and claims. Politico reported Friday evening that the Health and Human Services Department's politically appointed communications aides, led by former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo—a Republican strategist with no medical expertise—"have attempted to add caveats to the CDC's...
    A Facebook page run by the violent Rose City Antifa group based in Portland is still up and running on the social media platform despite a pledge by CEO Mark Zuckerberg last month to clamp down on such extremist organizations.   Facebook has adjusted its policy towards Dangerous Individuals and Organizations and had promised to 'address organizations and movements that have demonstrated significant risks to public safety.' In August, the social media giant outlined specific ways in how it planned to take action against movements and organizations linked to violence and set about removing far-left groups associated with violence, yet the Rose City Antifa group is still up and running on the website which has billions of users.  The Rose City...
    Google has sometimes gotten in trouble for the phrases that automatically appear when you’re trying to type in a new search. Even if some of them make for amusing celebrity interviews, others have sometimes steered users toward problematic concepts and fake news in addition to harmless movie and video game spoilers. The suggestions are based on what other people are searching for, after all. But in the buildup to the 2020 US presidential election, Google is changing its autocomplete policies to theoretically weed out one particular category of suggestion: “Election related predictions” that could be interpreted as favoring a particular candidate or political party. The new policy is extremely short, so I’ll just give you the whole thing right...
    A Texas police group has put up billboards near Austin warning drivers that the city had defunded police, and to enter at their own risk, numerous sources reported. The Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) placed the two billboards along Interstate 35 entering Austin, one of them reading “Warning! Austin police defunded. Enter at your own risk!” The other one says “Limited support next 20 miles,” CBS News reported. Screenshot/Video/KVUE TMPA is the largest law enforcement association in Texas and represents more than 30,000 officers across the state. The signs were put up after the Austin City Council unanimously voted to cut its police department budget by $150 million in August, according to The Texas Tribune. The billboards also include the...
    Wednesday, during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” White House chief of staff Mark Meadows defended President Donald Trump’s remarks to Bob Woodward about his efforts to prevent a panic in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Meadows, Trump’s comments were a show of “transparency.” “I think any great leader, what they do is they take information that they have, they make sure that they vet it with, in this case, it was with their advisers, both doctors and those within the White House to actually make sure that we made prudent decisions,” Meadows explained. “But what we — you don’t want to do is create panic. But at the same time, it was an...
    Former FBI agent Peter Strzok said that he knew 'things' that could harm Preisdent Trump's reelection campaign but was choosing not to go public with the information.  The former deputy assistant director made the declaration as he explained to CBSN that his own personal bias had no implications in how he handled the investigation into the at the time Republican presidential nominee. The comments come as his new book, Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump, hit the stands on Tuesday - tracing his arc from veteran counterintelligence agent to the man who came to embody Trump's public scorn of FBI and his characterization of its Russia investigation as a 'witch hunt.'     'To this day, there are things that I know,...
    Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.Yasin Ozturk | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images With less than two months to go until the 2020 U.S. election, Facebook is struggling to assure users and employees that it has everything under control. Four years ago, the social network took no action as Russian operatives posed as political groups with polarizing agendas, even going so far as to organize fake rallies, according to the FBI. Their goal: to divide the American populace and help elect Donald Trump president. Right after the 2016 election, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as "crazy" the...
    Sasha Abramsky September 6, 2020 7:07AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Truthout. This week the Trump administration once again ratcheted up its war against the majority of Americans who didn't vote for Donald J. Trump in 2016 and who don't plan to vote for him in 2020: In a truly extraordinary move, Trump ordered the Justice Department and the Office of Management and Budget to work with federal agencies to identify "anarchist jurisdictions" with the intention of blocking them from receiving federal funds. A preliminary list of these jurisdictions was reported to include Seattle and Portland on the West Coast, and Washington, D.C. and New York on the East Coast. But that list was, apparently, slated to grow considerably. Barr's...
    Three police union executives from across the nation told the DCNF that morale is declining and they think much of it can be blamed on politicians in both the local and national theatre.  Civil unrest has largely intensified after the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. All three union heads would not recommend entering the law enforcement field in the current climate. President of the New-York based Sergeants Benevolent Association Vincent Vallelong called the unrest stemming from May after the death of George Floyd a “rock bottom” in his 30-year career.  Three police union executives from across the country told the Daily Caller News Foundation in phone interviews that department morale is plummeting due the...
    The Trump administration announced on Wednesday that it is going after “lawless cities” that have allowed violent anarchists to loot and riot by preventing them from taking federal funding. “My Administration will do everything in its power to prevent weak mayors and lawless cities from taking Federal dollars while they let anarchists harm people, burn buildings, and ruin lives and businesses,” Trump tweeted. “We’re putting them on notice today.” The four cities that were reportedly named in a memo from the president included Portland, Seattle, New York City, and Washington, D.C. So far, all of the Democrat mayors of those cities have responded to the news, except District of Colombia Mayor Muriel Bowser. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio...
    The Big Ten Conference has said there is no game. The president of the United States insists the ball is “on the one yard line!” Whether this is a sports argument or a political disagreement might depend on one’s perspective. Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he had spoken with Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren about “immediately starting up Big Ten football.”  Had a very productive conversation with Kevin Warren, Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, about immediately starting up Big Ten football. Would be good (great!) for everyone – Players, Fans, Country. On the one yard line! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2020 MORE: College football Week 1 picks against the spread Trump made no mention of...
    Imagine this. You and your coworker show up to the last night of the Republican National Convention, happy to show support for your friends. You’ve both dedicated your lives to the cause, long believing that civic engagement is the best way to at once improve this country and make sure that freedom remains a reality for every citizen. You are proud of your life’s work. You are proud of what you have accomplished. And most of all, you are proud to be an American. But late Thursday night, as we were walking out from the White House, all sense of pride soon turned to dread. From the second we stepped out past the White House barricades, an angry mob targeted,...
    The Trump administration is facing criticism for an event held on the White House South Lawn for the Republican National Convention this week. But rather than being worried about the political and legal ramifications for the event, Donald Trump is reportedly relishing in the fact that he was able to hold the rally and there was nothing that anyone could do about it. Aides familiar with the situation spoke with the New York Times anonymously so that the could discuss internal conversations. They told the news outlet that Trump was happy about the way the rally came together, despite the backlash. “Mr. Trump’s aides said he enjoyed the frustration and anger he caused by holding a political event on the...
    Analysis Hide Here is an interesting but anodyne observation: Barron Trump is tall as hell. Hide But because President Donald Trump and Melania Trump have tried to keep him out of the public eye, people have not often seen him, so every time he pops up, people are shocked. He’s 14 years old, and somewhere around 6’6″. That is inarguably tall as hell. Look at him at his dad’s acceptance speech for the 2020 Republican nomination for president. He doesn’t even fit on the screen! Hide I can’t get past the fact that Barron Trump is like 6’6” at 14 years old. he doesn’t even fit in the picture when he stands up pic.twitter.com/ysBXmKrGh0— Matt Sullivan (@msully_94)...
    Tom Boggioni August 28, 2020 10:44AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story In what were supposed to be his concluding comments after all the senators spoke during a hearing with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Ron Johnson (R-WI) claimed there was an orchestrated campaign by Democrats to make the Post Office look worse than it is. Thanking the controversial Donald Trump appointee for "subjecting" himself to oversight in the form of questions from the bi-partisan panel of senators by Zoom, Johnson then used his time to undermine many of the complaints the lawmakers had just made. : "As I stated, there's no doubt there have been some unusual delays, COVID,...
    Taylor Swift and actor boyfriend Joe Alwyn have discussed having children together, Us Weekly reported, with the singer said to be “very excited” about that stage in her relationship. “Taylor and Joe have discussed children,” a source told the publication. “She’s very excited about that chapter of her life when the timing is right and comes.” At the moment, the Folklore singer is focused on her career and her album, as well as making a difference with her political views, the source added. They told the news site that “Taylor feels less pressure than she once did because she is very confident at this point in her life.” According to the insider, Taylor has been getting all the support she...
    Nearly 30 Whole Foods employees around the country are suing Whole Foods Market and parent company Amazon after they were allegedly disciplined for wearing Black Lives Matter masks. “You would think [Whole Foods] would be open to supporting it explicitly in their stores,” Suverino Frith, the lead plaintiff, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. Whole Foods denied that it has selectively enforced its dress code to discriminate against Black Lives Matter. The number of employees suing Whole Foods Market and parent company Amazon after managers allegedly told them to remove their Black Lives Matter masks has nearly doubled as the case continues to be litigated. The 27 employees said that Whole Foods’s uniform policy was selectively enforced against...
    The intervention of the spouses and children of American candidates is part of the ritual of American presidential campaigns: at the virtual Democratic convention last week, the children and grandchildren of Joe Biden, Trump’s rival for the November 3 presidential election, took turns to highlight the qualities of the 77-year-old former vice-president. “But what is unusual with the Trumps is that they can speak not only of the personality of the candidate and his qualities, but also of the substance, of the political orientations in which they are directly involved”, explains Costas Panagopoulos, professor of political science at Northeastern University in Boston. “They are no longer just members of the family, but government officials, political figures,” he said. In...
    Mark Wilson/Getty For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.Former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi used her Republican National Convention speech on Tuesday to remind us that she “fought corruption” and knows “what it looks like.” But what Bondi says she sees as prime political corruption is Joe Biden’s approach to Ukraine under the Obama Administration, which, for those who have been living under a rock, was a robust subject of debate and conspiratorial spin this fall and winter. It also led to the impeachment of Donald Trump, which Bondi surely remembers, given that she represented him during the Senate impeachment trial.  The real scandal emerged after Biden left office and Trump pressured the...
    The embattled New Jersey gym that had its business license revoked earlier this month after repeatedly defying Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's COVID-19 shutdown order has made what appears to be a nifty strategic move in response. Frank Trumbetti and Ian Smith, co-owners of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, have partnered with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rik Mehta to turn the gym into an official campaign rally location, Fox News reported. "We took a stand for our constitutional rights and for the rights of all small business owners throughout the country," Smith told "Fox & Friends Weekend" Sunday. "And it wasn't intended to become political. We were trying to offer a solution to a problem where...
    Miquel VeraBarcelona Updated: 08/23/2020 17: 04h Save Related news The Catalan president, Quim Torra, has asked the independence movement not to lower its arms demotivated by the “repression” and the coronavirus pandemic. Thus, he has assured that despite the economic and health crisis, secession is “urgent and necessary.” “We need risk to win», He proclaimed in his closing speech at the Catalan Summer University, in the French town of Prades. «We are facing the worst epidemic in centuries in Catalonia and the Catalan countries without the resources that we generate and without sovereignty, “he stressed in a long speech in which he has spared no reproaches – veiled, yes – to his Esquerra partners. “They want us to censor...
    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry are planning a TV show on racism and feminism that takes a "political stance", insiders have claimed today. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly pitched the series to producers just months after quitting the Royal Family. ⚠️ Read our Meghan and Harry blog for the latest news on the Royal couple. 7Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are reportedly speaking to TV producers about a seriesCredit: EPA The Royal Family has to remain strictly neutral with respect to political matters and while there is no law to prevent it, they generally don't vote to remain impartial. A TV insider told The Mirror: "They have suggested a series focusing on the empowerment of women and...
    The owners of a New Jersey gym that famously defied Gov. Phil Murphy’s order to remain closed amid the coronavirus, only to be arrested, say they are reopening as a campaign headquarters for a GOP candidate. “We took a stand for our constitutional rights and for the rights of all small business owners throughout the country,’’ Ian Smith, co-owner of the Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, told “Fox & Friends Weekend’’ on Sunday of the establishment’s repeated attempts to stay open for business in violation of state virus restrictions. “And it wasn’t intended to become political,” Smith said of the gym’s defiance. “We were trying to offer a solution to a problem where the government was failing, and it turned...
    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are working on a new TV show that takes a 'political stance' on feminism and racial inequality. The show, which will focus on 'normal' people, has been pitched to a number of TV executives, the Mirror reports. An insider told the paper that the aim of the show will be to empower women and tackle the issue of racial inequality. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are working on a new TV show that takes a 'political stance' on feminism and racial inequality They added that although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will both appear in the show, the project will not be about them. Both Harry and Meghan will work as joint producers for...
    Dan Froomkin August 22, 2020 11:00AM (UTC) This article was co-produced with Press Watch, a new website that monitors and critiques American political coverage. Please consider supporting Press Watch by making a donation. The webcam-scaled Democratic National Convention showed us something that, it now becomes very clear, has been sadly missing from the wall of noise that is modern American political coverage: ordinary Americans, miserable and desperate for change. Half a century ago, television coverage from the front lines in Vietnam turned the American people against the war because it brought the horrors of combat directly into their living rooms. This convention — completely unexpectedly — brought other people's living rooms into our living rooms. : As a result, I...
    Washington (CNN)On the final night of the Democratic National Convention, the country band formerly known as the Dixie Chicks (Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, and Emily Strayer) sang a moving a capella version of "The Star-Spangled Banner."At first glance, the performance registered as a redemption arc: Once political pariahs, The Chicks have become political icons. That narrative, however, feels too pat, and it suggests that The Chicks had been trying to atone for something in the first place.No, save for a revised named, The Chicks haven't changed. But their audience has.In 2003, during a concert in London, Maines, The Chicks' lead singer, dissed then-President George W. Bush over the impending invasion of Iraq."Just so you know, we're on the good side...
    THE horrors that the Sudanese teenager who died in the Channel must have suffered hardly bear thinking about. The “toy” dinghy and makeshift paddles he used tell a heartbreaking story of just how desperate he must have been when he set off on his final journey. 4The teenager who died in the Channel is a reminder that the migrant crisis is a human emergency, not just a political oneCredit: PA:Press Association 4Priti Patel is cracking down on people-traffickers in a bid to resolve the migrant crisisCredit: AFP or licensors He wanted a new life in Britain and lost everything pursuing it. The tragedy serves as a painful reminder the migrant crisis is a human emergency, not just a political one....
    U.S. Attorney John Durham is a trustworthy actor whose findings from his inquiry into the Russia investigation will not be tainted by bias, according to a fellow U.S. attorney from a nearby state. Breitbart's Joel Pollak asked Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, whether or not there is merit to claims that the criminal investigation being run by Durham, the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut, has become embroiled in a heavily politicized environment. President Trump and his allies argue the commander in chief was the target of a sabotage campaign conducted by federal law enforcement and intelligence officials. Meanwhile, Democrats and some legal and law enforcement veterans warn that Durham, who was appointed to the task...
    There is a contradictory narrative promoted by the American Left that racism is both an integral part of the American psyche and a phenomenon that burst onto the political scene when Donald Trump became president. While there are certainly aspects of Trump’s political history and rhetoric which have exacerbated existing tensions, it is incorrect to place the blame for the breakdown in race relations squarely at the feet of the current president. Indeed, if we follow the Left’s advice and pay attention to the “science,” poll data suggests that race relations collapsed from 2013 onwards. The occupant of the White House at that point was, of course, not Donald Trump but Barack Obama. In 2016, a CNN/ORC poll suggested that...
    Paul Rosenberg August 15, 2020 4:07PM (UTC) Not even the most perceptive academic could have timed the publication of a 10-year research project this perfectly. LSU political scientist Nathan Kalmoe's new book, "With Ballots and Bullets: Partisanship and Violence in the American Civil War" is being published in this overheated election season, and that's just an accident. Ten years back, no one would have imagined the recently reported Transition Integrity Project projection of "both street-level violence and political impasse" in all four war-game scenarios it conducted for the 2020 election. (The full report is here.) Such possibilities weren't on anyone's radar — except for his.  "Pundits and scholars have generally lacked perspective in thinking about the bounds of mass...
    By the point the 2020 marketing campaign ends, president-in-waiting Kamala Harris can have been reworked into the best exemplar of even handed centrism and political level-headedness in American historical past. “Kamala Harris comes from the middle-of-the-road, average wing of the Democratic Social gathering,” claims George Stephanopoulos. Although The New York Instances was the primary to name Joe Biden’s working mate a “pragmatic average,” CNN concurred, as did a reporter on CNBC, who famous that Harris is “broadly thought of a average Democrat.” The Related Press claims she was picked for her “centrist file.” A author for New York journal wonders if progressives will ever be capable to discover it of their hearts to forgive Harris’s “moderation.” David Byler at...
    Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris has a political career going back nearly two decades, and she might be our next vice president. Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden selected Harris to be his running mate in an announcement Tuesday, to great fanfare from corporate media and celebrities.
    Dolly Parton has issued a rare political statement voicing her support for the Black Lives Matter movement.  In an interview with Billboard magazine, published on Thursday, the country music icon, 74, said she appreciated the millions of Americans taking to the streets to protest for racial reform following the death of black man George Floyd.  'I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen,' she stated.  'And of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white a**es are the only ones that matter? No!' Throughout her five-decade career, Parton has been largely apolitical - often refusing to giver her opinion on various politicians and policies.  Dolly Parton has issued a rare political statement voicing...
    Progressive House candidate and Holyoke, Mass. Mayor Alex Morse’s supporters are calling for an investigation into reports that allegations of inappropriate behavior were engineered by the University of Massachusetts College Democrats in an effort to hurt his primary challenge against House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealAllegations roil progressive insurgent's House bid The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden picks Harris as running mate New Florida Biden ad accuses Trump of raiding Social Security for coronavirus relief MORE (D-Mass.).  The calls came after Politico reported on Thursday that the Massachusetts Democratic Party intends to launch an investigation into the group of college Democrats after the Sept. 1 primary.  “We commend the party chair for recognizing the importance of investigating this orchestrated political...
    Actress Kriti Sanon has demanded a CBI probe into the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, saying his loved ones deserve closure. “I pray that the truth comes out SOON.. His family, his friends, fans and all loved ones deserve this closure,” Kriti wrote on Instagram Story. “I hope and pray that the CBI takes over the case so it’s investigated without any political agendas, in the TRUE sense, to provide justice to the family!! It’s high time his soul rests in peace! #CBIForSSR #SushantSinghRajput,” added the actress, who worked with Sushant in the 2017 release “Raabta”, and is rumoured to have dated him once. SSR Case: Ankita Lokhande Supports Shweta Singh Kirti’s CBI Demand, Says ‘We Will Find the Truth and...
    WASHINGTON - Months after her presidential campaign collapsed amid questions over her political identity, Kamala Harris suddenly and forcefully found her voice – and at a fortuitous time.  Harris, a 55-year-old U.S. senator from California, was chosen by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as his running mate on Tuesday, making history as the first Black woman and Asian-American on a major presidential ticket.  Her selection came as little surprise. With the United States in the midst of a reckoning over its history of racial injustice, Biden had increasingly been pressed to select a woman of color. Harris, who became the Senate’s second Black woman in its history when she was elected in 2016, was always at the top of the list. ...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY JAMES OLIPHANT Months after her presidential campaign collapsed amid questions over her political identity, Kamala Harris suddenly and forcefully found her voice – and at a fortuitous time. Harris, a 55-year-old U.S. senator from California, was chosen by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as his running mate on Tuesday, making history as the first Black woman and Asian-American on a major presidential ticket. Her selection came as little surprise. With the United States in the midst of a reckoning over its history of racial injustice, Biden had increasingly been pressed to select a woman of color. Harris, who became the...
    Lebanon's prime minister and his cabinet are set to resign in the wake of the devastating Beirut explosion, reports in the country claim.   Hezbollah-backed leader Hassan Diab will address the nation tonight and one of his own ministers told MTV News that Diab is expected to quit.   The government is under mounting pressure to step down amid public outrage over the blast, with the justice minister already out and the finance minister set to quit.   Last Tuesday's detonation of more than 2,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate killed at least 163 people, injured over 6,000 and destroyed swathes of the bustling Mediterranean capital, compounding months of political and economic meltdown. A man stands on rubble at the site of last Tuesday's...
    (CNN)The monstrous explosion that tore into the early evening of a mid-summer's night this past Tuesday in Beirut is, whatever way you cut it, just the latest manifestation of the multitude of endless avenues of miserable corruption that have plagued the country for generations.Lebanon's political oligarchy engages in kleptocracy with a rampant intensity unlike almost anywhere in the region, seemingly unrestrained by any sense of public compassion or institutional necessity. There is an apparatus of corruption that has, for decades, hollowed the entire country from the inside out in an endless cycle of dysfunction and theft. Now, that bottomless dispassion has culminated in much of its capital being reduced to something akin to a post-apocalyptic cityscape. The blast radius stretched...
    President Trump is now mulling the White House as a locale for his Republican National Convention acceptance speech. He has already canceled plans to host festivities in Jacksonville, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina. "Well we are thinking about it. It would be easiest from the standpoint of security," he told "Fox and Friends" Wednesday. "We are thinking about doing it from the White House because there's no movement. It's easy, and I think it's a beautiful setting and we are thinking about that. It's certainly one of the alternatives. It's the easiest alternative." The president later added that while some speeches will be virtual, others will be live at different locations in Washington, D.C. "I'm going to do mine on...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put her foot down on President Donald Trump’s thoughts about holding his Republican National Convention acceptance speech from the White House. Pelosi gave an interview to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday, who started things off by asking for the speaker’s reaction to the news that Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination to as their candidate in the 2020 election. Pelosi approved the ex-veep’s decision, saying “I think it’s an indication of the seriousness with which he judges the situation.” “I commend him for doing that,” she said. “It’s going to be a great convention. People will see it virtually and we’re very proud of him.” After that, Mitchell...
    Madison Summers August 1, 2020 0 Comments There is a report claiming a national coronavirus testing plan was scrapped by the administration to hurt Democratic states, and Assistant Secretary for Health Adm. Brett Giroir has something to say about it. When asked about the report during a Fox News interview on Friday, Giroir, who leads the nation’s coronavirus testing, responded by calling the report “so preposterous.” “I have never heard something so preposterous as we’re not going to do a national plan because it’s affecting Democratic states,” he said. He also said, “We were all working together, there was no separation or no closet Cabinet or no super-secret kind of plans. We all worked together.” Giroir went on to note that...
    Assistant Secretary for Health Adm. Brett Giroir denied Vanity Fair’s report that a national coronavirus testing plan was scrapped because the virus was affecting Democratic states the most on Fox News. Addressing the report on Friday, Giroir said, “I have never heard something so preposterous as we’re not going to do a national plan because it’s affecting Democratic states.” “I spent on the phone — morning, afternoon, and night — talking to states that were clearly Democratic states who were having problems. We worked on everyone’s behalf. We sent resources where they need to be sent,” he declared. “We worked tirelessly, so I would like to put that to rest because I think it’s just… It’s really ridiculous and...
    Brasilia, Jul 27 (EFE) .- A document signed by 152 of Brazil’s nearly 500 bishops criticizes the “incapacity” and “blindness” of President Jair Bolsonaro, who is accused of promoting “an economy that kills” in the midst of an “unprecedented” pandemic. The manifesto, obtained and published this Monday by some local newspapers, was not commented on by the Episcopate and is attributed to the so-called “progressive wing” of the Catholic Church, which has maintained a critical line for more than a year with the current Government. Under the title “Letter to the People of God”, the document affirms that “Brazil is going through one of the most difficult periods in its history”, and equates it to a “perfect storm”, in which...
    DEAR ABBY: My family and I are planning a get-together. It has been several months since we have been together because of the pandemic. Our younger brother has a new girlfriend who was introduced to everyone at the last get-together. Jeanne Phillips  That day, one sister mentioned a political proposition that was up for a vote in her state. The new girlfriend kept repeating “No politics!” every time my sister started talking about it. My sisters and I think it was very rude. Now the new girlfriend will be in my home, and I am sure politics will be a topic of conversation, considering the current economic, political and health crises going on. My family likes discussing current events, and...
    While President Trump may be better off politically by allowing chaos to unfold on American streets, he "cares too much" about the safety and security of his people to do so, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Thursday. In an interview on "Fox & Friends,"  McCarthy said that was the reason Operation Legend was devised in the first place, citing the death of a 4-year-old boy -- LeGend Taliferro -- who was killed in his sleep in Kansas City, Mo., at the end of June. TRUMP TO 'SURGE' FEDERAL AGENTS TO CHICAGO, OTHER CITIES, AMID SPIKE IN VIOLENT CRIME The California Republican denied Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's claims the federal anti-crime initiative was a "political stunt." "What a political stunt...
    For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters. Here’s the latest on the brutal muzzling of free speech in America: A new Cato Institute/​YouGov national survey of 2,000 Americans finds that 62% of Americans say the political climate these days prevents them from saying things they believe because others might find them offensive. This is up from 2017 when 58% agreed with this statement. That’s an increase of . . . 4 percent! Clearly George Floyd and the forces of political correctness have wreaked havoc on American culture. On a more serious note, polls like this would be a lot more useful if they tried to dive into what people are afraid to say....
    D. TerceroBarcelona Updated: 07/16/2020 18: 09h Save Artur Mas has assured, this Thursday, that he has already assumed all the “political responsibilities” for the Palau de la Música case and has defended that Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (CDC) and his former treasurer Daniel Osàcar still they can be described as “innocent”, Despite the final judgment of the Supreme Court, they have appealed to the Constitutional Court (TC). In his initial speech, in the Institutional Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Catalonia, Mas limited himself to defend the party of which he was president, to his treasurer and point out that at no time, of the ten years in which the judicial case was open, was he involved nor was...
    This Monday marks 210 years of the so-called “cry of independence”, the beginning of the complex Colombian independence process. Several historians tell us what is usually left out in stories that reappear in commemorations like this one. If it were not for the pandemic, this Monday Colombia would celebrate 210 years of its Independence with a new military parade in the center of Bogotá: martial gangs, stately greetings and warplanes painting the sky with tricolor smoke. The coronavirus crisis, however, forced the organizers, the Armed Forces, to improvise a virtual celebration that Colombians will be able to follow on television. “From home, you will be able to see the commemoration that aims to remember the courage, strength and...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Rapper Kanye West, in his first event since declaring himself a presidential candidate, ranted against historical figure Harriet Tubman on Sunday, saying the Underground Railroad conductor "never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people," comments that drew shouts of opposition from some in the crowd.West delivered a lengthy monologue, touching on topics from abortion and religion to international trade and licensing deals, before a crowd in North Charleston, South Carolina. Whether he is actually seeking the nation's highest office remains a question.Tubman is one of the most respected figures of 19th century America. An African American who escaped slavery, she helped enslaved Black men and women travel north to freedom and...
    NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins expressed how stunning he finds it that mask-wearing has somehow become a political issue when it’s an important part of the coronavirus response. Chuck Todd asked him about comments from the head of the CDC on masks and how President Donald Trump is just flatly at odds with him. “How do you at all get us rowing in the same direction if you have that high level of a contradiction?” Without referencing the president directly, Collins remarked that it’s “bizarre” mask-wearing has become political: “Imagine you were an alien coming to the planet Earth and looking around, looking at the scientific data, going from various place to place and looking to see who’s wearing...
    In a Saturday analysis for CNN, analyst Julian Zelizer claimed that Republicans should be “terrified” at the possibility that Donald Trump faces a “landslide” loss in November, which he argued could force the reshaping of the Republican Party. Zelizer pointed to recent polling showing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holding a significant lead over Trump. He also noted that traditionally conservative states are transforming due to the influx of “young and diverse voters” — something he claimed could be accelerated due to the many people leaving urban areas amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Trump’s botched response to the pandemic and his attempts to pander to extremists through backlash politics have forced a difficult conversation about the future of the Republican Party,”...
    Houston (USA), Jul 17 (EFE) .- The star guard of the Houston Rockets, James Harden, became the center of attention and controversy since yesterday, Thursday, in the Orlando “bubble” , where he is preparing the team to return to the competition. But the reason for that role has nothing to do with the sports section, but rather the reactions that someone who had used a protective mask that has been related to a certain political symbolism has had, an aspect that he denied this Friday. journalists. Harden noted that he did not intend to make a political statement by wearing a “Thin Blue Line” mask on Thursday and was not aware of what the mask represented. The thin blue line,...
    Antone Melton-Meaux, Ilhan Omar’s Fifth District primary challenger, raised nearly seven times what the incumbent did in the second quarter of 2020. Melton-Meaux brought in $3.2 million, compared to the $471,000 Omar raised in the same time period. This time last year, few had heard of Melton-Meaux, a lawyer with a background in employment practice and mediation. Now, his flyers are all over CD5 doorsteps and his ads are all over TV. Melton-Meaux didn’t begin his campaign with a head start in fundraising. In previous reporting periods, he lagged significantly behind Omar in terms of money raised. He raised less than half of what she did in 2019 and in the first quarter of 2020. CD5 fundraising by period Source:...
    Madrid, Jul 17 (EFE) .- The president of Mutua Madrileña, Ignacio Garralda, has warned this Friday that there are doubts about the ability of Spain to recover from the “hard blow” of the coronavirus crisis and those doubts are aggravated by political uncertainty and lack of consensus on fundamental matters. For this reason, during his speech at the company’s general meeting, he considered it “very necessary” that politicians reach stability agreements that allow Spain to face the economic recovery “with security and optimism” in order to leave the crisis. And although he agrees that it is “essential” to increase investment for this, he does not believe that the correct path is to raise the tax burden, that is, raise taxes,...
    “It is not only a question of money, but also of the future of the European project and its unity,” insisted Charles Michel. He considers it possible to reach an agreement for a Europe “stronger and more resistant to shocks”. But will the reserved days – and perhaps the nights – of these Friday and Saturday be sufficient? Nothing is less sure. Determined to succeed, the Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins has already mentioned the possibility of continuing on Sunday, at the finish. Leader of the countries most reluctant to untie the purse strings, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte assessed the chances of success at this summit at “less than 50%”, implying the need to convene an additional meeting to...
    Barcelona, ​​Jul 16 (EFE) .- The former president of the Generalitat Artur Mas believes that he has already assumed all the “political responsibilities” that corresponded to him in relation to the Palau case, for which CDC was convicted of charging illegal commissions, and has indicated that “it is not their intention” to return to the first political line. Mas has appeared this Thursday before the Institutional Affairs Committee of the Parliament at the request of several opposition groups, who quoted him after the Supreme Court confirmed in April the conviction of € 6.6 million for Convergence – a party that led the expresident- for charging illegal commissions through the Palau de la Música. “In such a long trial, with hundreds...
    On Thursday, writing for The Bulwark, conservative columnist and former Jeb Bush communications director Tim Miller outlined how President Donald Trump has lost a critical image with voters that helped him get elected in 2016 — the perception of him as a shrewd dealmaker. That image, argued Miller, may have once let voters believe Trump would break the partisan mold and work with both parties to get things done. Instead, he’s been a cut-and-dried Republican ideologue. “It is this brand pivot, from a dealmaking anti-establishment businessman to an extremist far-right firebrand that has limited the president’s political aspirations more than anything else, in a way that is underappreciated by most of the political chattering class, for whom the concept of ‘Donald Trump, centrist...
    President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is floundering because he is incapable of doing anything but bragging about himself, according to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” The president delivered an overtly political speech from the White House Rose Garden as he tries to turn the focus from the coronavirus pandemic and the related economic fallout, and NBC News political reporter Carol Lee said that goes against adviser from campaign officials. President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is floundering because he is incapable of doing anything but bragging about himself, according to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” The president delivered an overtly political speech from the White House Rose Garden as he tries to turn the focus from the coronavirus pandemic and the related economic fallout, and...
    By Alan Charlish and Pawel Florkiewicz WARSAW (Reuters) - Poles vote on Sunday in a knife-edge presidential election that may shape the country's future relations with the European Union, which have been frayed by the bloc's concerns over the rule of law. Incumbent Andrzej Duda, an ally of the ruling nationalists Law and Justice (PiS), takes on liberal Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski after a campaign that has shown sharply contrasting visions for the future and exposed deep political divisions. Duda's re-election is crucial if PiS is to deepen judicial reforms that the European Union says increase political control over the courts. The president holds the power of veto and Trzaskowski has said he will block legislation that he believes would...
    NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopia said that two men have been arrested in connection with the killing of Hachalu Hundessa, a well-known musician and activist whose death last month was followed by unrest in which hundreds were killed. Attorney General Adanech Abebe announced the arrests in a televised statement Friday night, saying that a third suspect in Hundessa’s shooting was still on the run. “We will continue to uphold the rule of law,” Abebe said. She said the two men arrested had confessed to killing Hundessa, acting on the orders of an armed splinter wing of the Oromo Liberation Front, an opposition group, with the goal of inciting ethnic tension and overthrowing the government. She provided no evidence for the claim,...
    "Gosh," The New York Times' Adam Nagourney, seems to ponder in his latest missive about the 2020 race for presdient, "it sure seems like Donald Trump is having a harder time making attacks against Joe Biden stick than with Hillary Clinton." One just can't imagine how that could possibly be. "By a combination of design and circumstance, Mr. Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has managed so far to deny Mr. Trump the sort of damaging offhand remarks, campaign clashes and clumsy encounters with voters that he used as weapons against Mrs. Clinton in the last general election," Nagourney writes in the news section of the paper that spent a good part of 2015 and most of 2016 deeming Clinton unlikable, untrustworthy, and...
    Savannah Rychcik July 9, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump slammed New York City after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a Manhattan prosecutor can obtain his financial records including his tax returns. During a roundtable event with Hispanic leaders, Trump expressed his frustration with the ruling. “This is not a hoax, this is purely political. I win at the federal level and we won very decisively and so they send it into New York,” Trump said. He added, “And you know what’s going on in New York. Everyone’s leaving. It’s turned out to be a hellhole. They better do something about it because people are leaving New York, but this is a political witch hunt.” (00:00:00)Watch his comments below: TRUMP...
    One of the most endearing memories about Tim Russert’s election coverage was his use of the small low-tech white board to make predictions. Most often it included two states that always showed up as the battlegrounds in presidential elections: Ohio and Florida. When the New York Times released their latest poll of the 2020 race, one of the bombshells was that Biden had a significant lead over Trump in six battleground states. That included Florida, along with Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and North Carolina. David Wasserman explained why Ohio is no longer on the list. Ohio is demographically similar to Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania: It has an aging, large blue-collar white population, a modest Black population and a relatively low Latino share. But Ohio voted...
    Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said Tuesday that she wants to dismantle economic and political systems that “prioritize profit without considering who is profiting” even as her re-election campaign has continued to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to her new husband’s consulting firm. Omar made the remarks during a press conference in Minnesota, saying, “As long as our economy and political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shut out, we will perpetuate this inequality. So we cannot stop at the criminal justice system. We must begin the work of dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it.” Omar’s remarks come as a new report was released Tuesday night that showed she has continued...
    Longtime — and famously cranky — rocker Neil Young said Tuesday that he's still not happy about President Donald Trump using his music at political rallies. He added that though he has every right to sue the president and his campaign, he won't because the president has more pressing matters — namely the COVID-19 epidemic, Rolling Stone reported. Ongoing fightTrump has been using Young's work for campaign and political events for years, which has not sat well with the musician. The fight began in June 2015 when Trump played "Rockin' in the Free World" immediately after announcing his candidacy for president. Rolling Stone noted at the time that a Young spokesman said the campaign "was not authorized to use 'Rockin'...
    Sports journalist and commentator Jason Whitlock slammed the Black Lives Matter movement as a “Marxist political organization” that is not looking out for the best interests of black people. “There's no way you can do any homework on Black Lives Matter and not see that it's a Marxist political organization. It's not about black death. It's not about black men,” Whitlock told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson on Monday night during a conversation about reports that the National Football League plans to play a “black national anthem” before games in the upcoming season. “It is a political move. It's a communist political move. ... I’ve seen many of these guys, they claim they’re in Christianity and their religious beliefs —...
    Attorney General William Barr’s tenure has been marked by political scandals and allegations of corruption, but one legal expert noticed another trend through his record. The attorney general will later this month make only his second appearance before Congress, where the House Judiciary Committee will hear testimony from two federal prosecutors about Barr’s interference in their cases for political purposes, reported Johnny Dwyer for The Daily Beast.“ Barr’s political sideshows serve another purpose,” wrote Dwyer. “They run interference for what is actually happening at the Department of Justice. A record decline in white-collar prosecutions. Environmental crimes and hate crimes go without prosecution. Immigration cases dominate the federal docket, but those detained are rarely serious criminals. And criminal prosecutions—the core function of...
    Coronavirus — For the first time since the pandemic began, a Latin American country goes to the polls to decide its political destiny. After the coronavirus forced to postpone the elections in May and after the controversial cancellation of the municipal elections last February that led to massive protests, the Dominican Republic finally elects a new Congress and president on Sunday. Six political parties dispute the ballots in a vote that many analysts describe as extraordinary and not only due to the context of the covid-19 in which they are held. And it is that the Dominicans will decide this time if they leave in power the party that has governed 16 of the last 20 years and that...
    The suspension of municipal elections sparked protests outside the offices of the Central Electoral Board. After the coronavirus forced to postpone the elections in May and after the controversial cancellation of the municipal elections last February that led to massive protests, the Dominican Republic finally elects a new Congress and president on Sunday. Six political parties dispute the ballots in a vote that many analysts describe as extraordinary and not only due to the context of the covid-19 in which they are held. And it is that the Dominicans will decide this time if they leave in power the party that has governed 16 of the last 20 years and that controls most of the country’s institutions or...
    In the four months America has been in the grip of an international pandemic, health care officials have encouraged people to wear face masks in order to reduce the disease’s spread. Masks, of course, prevent the spread of droplets carrying the virus from an infected person to others. The messaging on masks has not been entirely consistent, however, and President Donald Trump has refused to wear a mask in public. In the process, some people have started to look at mask-wearing as a kind of symbolic, political act. On Thursday, Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy expressed a certain level of curiosity for why that is. “For some reason, over the last couple of weeks, a month, masks have...
    Pew Research published a national poll this week that showed Biden with a ten point lead over Trump, much as we’ve seen from other polls. But when they broke the responses down by age, the most startling result was that with 18-29 year-olds, Biden’s lead is 40 points (68-28). That might not be surprising. But here is a comparison to previous Democratic candidates. Pew also found that for Biden supporters, 67 percent said that their choice is more about opposition to Trump. I’m sure that is probably true for the subset of voters under 30 years of age. In other words, young people really don’t like Donald Trump. We watched that play out when young people used social media to...
    Russia finished voting on Wednesday on the last day of the constitutional plebiscite, which, if approved, would allow President Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036, and the final result is only expected next week. According to the preliminary results of the Central Electoral Commission of Russia (CEC), with 10% counted, 70.81% voted in favor of the amendments to the Constitution and 28.17% expressed their opposition, the news agency reported Russian Sputnik. Putin chose to vote today, on the last election day. As in previous votes, it was done at the Russian Academy of Sciences, on Lenin Avenue. He arrived without a mask, despite official recommendations for the coronavirus pandemic, and did not make statements to...
    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi vowed to root out the corruption and impunity that has hindered the country since its independence from Belgium as the nation marked its 60th anniversary amid a global reckoning over racial inequality. While the milestone was commemorated in Belgium with gestures of atonement, Congolese reflected on the struggles that have engulfed the nation in the decades since independence and how to move forward. Among the statues being removed around the world as countries confront legacies of slavery and colonialism was one being taken down Tuesday in Belgium of King Leopold II, Congo’s brutal colonial ruler. A letter sent to Congo’s current president stopped short of an official apology, but Belgium’s King Philippe...
    “Thank you very much,” said President Trump as he arrived in the East Room of the White House for a meeting of the American Workforce Advisory Board. “Busy time.” By the end of Friday’s meeting, he had signed two executive orders — one extending the terms of the National Council for the American Worker and the other instructing the federal government to prioritize job applicants' skills rather than qualifications. A third followed in the evening, making good on the president’s promise to protect monuments, memorials, and statues from protesters. The busy day was exactly what close aides and allies wanted. Last week, a number of concerned members of Trump World spoke to the Washington Examiner warning that the president’s...
    NEW YORK (AP) — You’d think trying to produce the 2020 BET Awards during the coronavirus pandemic would be filled with restrictions, but instead, show producers took another approach: We’re not limited to a single stage, so sky’s the limit and let your creative minds run free. That’s the model the producers of the show ran with when crafting the special event, which was a major success Sunday night and one of the first virtual awards shows of the coronavirus era. While abiding by safety guidelines and rules set in place by government officials to prevent the virus from spreading, the BET Awards featured highly produced, artsy pre-taped performances from DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, John Legend and Alicia Keys, while...
    By Jamie McGeever BRASILIA, Jun 29 (.) – Political risk is re-emerging as a major source of market instability in Brazil, as a series of setbacks for President Jair Bolsonaro complicates a widespread recovery that appeared to be gaining momentum after the fall of markets in March. Brazil’s status as the second country most affected by the COVID-19 crisis, Bolsonaro’s mismanagement of the pandemic, his battles with the Supreme Court and Congress, and cabinet resignations have put Brasilia in investors’ sights. The growing sense of disorder is baffling investors, who fear Bolsonaro’s constitutional and institutional disputes will freeze economic reforms and the government’s austerity agenda, and possibly more permanently. “The markets are starting to look at politics again,” said Alexandre...
    L.A. Lakers star LeBron James has launched a new media empire with $100 million in investor backing, that is “designed to move the culture.” James and long-time business partner Maverick Carter quietly launched SpringHill Co. in March, but more details about the effort are now being reported. Bloomberg, for instance, noted the $100 million in funding last week. James told Bloomberg that SpringHill will be unapologetically political in its aims and will be “a maker and distributor of all kinds of content that will give a voice to creators and consumers who’ve been pandered to, ignored, or underserved.” “When we talk about storytelling, we want to be able to hit home, to hit a lot of homes where they feel...
    Starting at point guard for the Nets, No. 26, “Trillion.” That’s what Spencer Dinwiddie plans to have on the back of his jersey when the Nets resume their season July 31 in Orlando, in a reference to the national debt, he announced Sunday night on Twitter. The NBA and its Players Association are in discussions to allow players to wear a social justice statement in place of their name on their jerseys, ESPN reported on Saturday, in light of the civil unrest across the country since games were last played. For Dinwiddie, that means an opportunity to deliver a reminder of the financial burden facing the country. “A lot of issues at the moment. I think the fact that the...
    This article was paid for by AlterNet subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. A growing number of advertisers have had enough of the lies and hate on Facebook. And they’re pulling millions of dollars worth of ad buys to underscore the point. Among those who have committed to forego ad purchases for the month of July: Verizon, REI, Patagonia, Unilever, and Eddie Bauer. Stop Hate for Profit, a collaboration between Color of Change, NAACP, Sleeping Giants, the Mozilla Foundation, Common Sense, the Anti-Defamation League and other groups, is spearheading the initiative. Civil rights leaders from the NAACP and the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's issuance of an arrest warrant for U.S. President Donald Trump and 35 others over the killing of top general Qassem Soleimani is a "propaganda stunt", U.S. Iran envoy Brian Hook said at a news conference in Saudi Arabia on Monday. "Our assessment is that Interpol does not intervene and issue Red Notices that are based on a political nature," Hook said alongside the Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs in Riyadh. "This is a political nature. This has nothing to do with national security, international peace or promoting stability ... It is a propaganda stunt that no-one takes seriously," Hook said. Iran asked Interpol for help in enforcing the warrant, Fars news agency said. The...
    NEW YORK -- The BET Awards served as an extension of the voices of Black people protesting in the streets about the inequalities Black people face daily, as artists used their performances to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights and the lives of those lost because of police officers, including George Floyd.DaBaby, with his face pressed against the ground as an officer's knee crippled his neck - replicating the last moments of Floyd's life - rapped a verse from the Black Lives Matter remix of his hit song "Rockstar."His performance also featured images from protests, a reflection of the current world in the wake of Floyd's death and the death of others, including Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.Sunday's...
    Experts say deep divisions and shrewd moves by the Kremlin are keeping opponents from opposing Mr Putin’s plans – Tass Russia’s opposition is denouncing this week’s vote on President Vladimir Putin’s constitutional reforms as a joke, pointing out that copies of the amended basic law are already on sale in Moscow bookshops. From liberal reformers to Communists, Kremlin critics say the vote – which started last week and ends on Wednesday – is a thinly veiled attempt to keep Mr Putin, 67, in power for life. But other than tepid calls to boycott or vote “No”, the opposition has done little to actively fight the changes. Russia’s top opposition figure Alexei Navalny, who last summer rallied thousands against suspected...
    Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday said he refused to push a "radical left agenda" by using the "Black Lives Matter" phrase. "All my life, Ive been inspired by the example of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. When I was in Congress, I traveled to his home church in Montgomery with Congressman John Lewis," Pence said during an appearance on CBS News "Face the Nation." "I walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday," Pence started to say in response. "I cherish the progress that we have made toward a more perfect union for African Americans throughout our history. "And Ive aspired throughout my career to be a part of that ongoing work. Its really...
    Vice President Mike Pence declined to say the words “black lives matter” Sunday when pressed by CBS host John Dickerson, instead insisting that “all lives matter.” During an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Dickerson told Pence that the phrase is something “protesters would like to hear” from leaders. “You won’t say that. Why?” he asked. WATCH: Insisting that he has been “inspired by the example of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” throughout his life and has campaigned for civil rights, Pence acknowledged that the current political platform of the Black Lives Matter movement is “really a hard issue for me.” “And as a pro-life American, I also believe that all life matters, born and unborn,” he...
    Nearly half of all COVID-19 deaths in the United States are connected to nursing homes and long-term care centers, according to a new report from the New York Times. The analysis found that there were more than 54,000 residents and workers at nursing homes and long-term care centers who have died from coronavirus-related illnesses. There were over 282,000 people infected at 12,000 senior facilities across the country. COVID-19 cases at nursing homes made up only 11% of all COVID-19 cases, but accounted for approximately 43% of the total U.S. deaths. There were 24 states that had more than half of all COVID-19 deaths linked to nursing homes. New Hampshire was the highest at 80% of coronavirus deaths connected...