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11 Months Out to the 2024 Primaries, Trump Struggles to Stay Relevant

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 10:09

In the immediate aftermath of the November midterms, the media painted Donald Trump and his endorsed candidates as losers and Ron DeSantis, who won reelection as governor of Florida by a thumping margin, as the man of the moment. In response, Trump unleashed waves of online assaults on his onetime protégé. He was, in all likelihood, goaded to insult by a series of post-election polls showing that...

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White Supremacist Nick Fuentes’s Twitter Was Reinstated — Then Banned Again

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 09:18

On Tuesday, Twitter reinstated the account of Nick Fuentes, a white supremacist who has given high praise to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler as recently as last week — only to suspend Fuentes’s profile within 24 hours of its reinstatement. The site has not specified why it suspended Fuentes’s account for a second time, but one of the few tweets Fuentes shared while back on the platform referenced...

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National Guard Wants to Expand Its Training Site to Twice the Size of Chicago

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 08:44

Nestled near the headwaters of the Au Sable River in Northern Lower Michigan, in lands forcibly taken from the Odawa and Ojibwa, the Michigan Army National Guard (MIANG) currently operates the largest National Guard training site in the country, Camp Grayling. At 230 square miles, it could fit Detroit (139 sq. miles), Lansing (37 sq. miles), and Grand Rapids (45 sq. miles) safely within its...

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People With HIV Are Still Being Criminalized in 25 States

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 08:35

In 2008, Robert Suttle’s life was upended. The 30-year-old had been working as an assistant law clerk at the Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport, Louisiana, when police arrested him in front of his colleagues. A former partner had accused him of not disclosing his HIV status and, in Louisiana, that constituted a felony charge of intentional exposure to the AIDS virus. It didn’t matter...

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Republicans Want to Raise Retirement Age to 70 as Life Expectancy Is Falling

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 14:19

In a time when life expectancy in the U.S. is declining for the first time in decades and Americans can expect on average to enjoy even fewer years of retirement, Republicans are considering a radical plan to shrink the retirement window. House Republicans have been working out the details of their deeply unpopular plan to cut Social Security and Medicare in order to deepen poverty and shackle...

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Florida Teachers Cover Books in Classrooms Over Fear of Anti-“WOKE” Laws

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 12:29

Several teachers in a school district in Florida are putting covers over books in their classroom libraries due to a vague but far-reaching law that restricts what kind of content they can share with students. Several social media posts from teachers in the Manatee County School District show coverings over classroom libraries, accompanied by commentaries from the educators themselves expressing...

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House Coalition of Conservative Democrats Falls to Half Its Size

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 11:56

The Democratic Party’s conservative Blue Dog Coalition has been slashed in half due partially to a disagreement within its ranks over efforts to attract more members, Politico reported on Tuesday, with a number of corporate lawmakers insisting on preserving the Blue Dogs’ “longstanding legacy” and name despite its reputation as a “Southern ‘boys’ club’.” U.S. Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.)...

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Document Scandals Point to Deeper Problems With Overclassification

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 11:35

We speak with The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill about the brewing scandals over the handling of classified documents by President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, and how they “point to deeper systemic problems with Washington’s obsession with secrecy.” While the details differ, Scahill says both cases show powerful players in Washington who routinely mishandle classified documents face...

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The RNC Is Already Warning Its Nominee Will Boycott 2024 Presidential Debate

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 11:30

Ahead of the 2024 presidential election, the chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) reiterated that the RNC won’t let the GOP nominee participate in events organized by a nonpartisan organization that has held presidential debates since 1988. “Don’t waste your time,” RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel told networks that are applying to become 2024 debate hosts. She reminded them that the RNC has...

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Davos 2023 Showed Us a Ruling Class Incapable of Resolving Global Crises

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 10:29

The transnational corporate and political elite were back in Davos, Switzerland, from January 16-20 for their annual conclave amid the most severe crisis of global capitalism since the founding of the World Economic Forum half a century ago. In earlier years, participants in the exclusive gathering jet-setted into the Swiss resort town exuding confidence in the hegemony of global capitalism.

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The US Finally Removes a Major Barrier to Opioid Addiction Treatment

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 09:39

In a major victory for public health and the harm reduction movement, the Biden administration is touting changes to federal drug law that removed a major barrier to accessing buprenorphine, a standard medication for treating opioid dependence and addiction that is crucial for preventing overdose deaths. Advocates gathered at the White House Tuesday to celebrate the passage of the Mainstreaming...

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Media Literacy for Young People Is Crucial — But Rarely Taught in Schools

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 09:25

Research tells us that young people between the ages of 8 and 18 spend an average of 11 hours a day engaged with some form of media, and yet we teach them very little about how to analyze and understand what they are seeing and hearing. Unlike some other countries, the United States does not consistently include media literacy training in public school curricula. As a result...

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Warren: Debt Ceiling Crisis Wouldn’t Even Exist Without Trump Tax Overhaul

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 08:48

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) dug into Republicans for their willingness to “wreck the economy” over the debt ceiling, pointing out that the GOP is only interested in protecting their rich allies and creating an economic crisis that would reflect poorly on President Joe Biden. In an appearance on MSNBC, Warren said that the conservative regressive tax policies that the GOP has pushed for...

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Trump Plans to Ditch His Own Social Media Site Upon Returning to Twitter — Report

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 08:09

Former President Donald Trump is reportedly planning a big return to Twitter, one of the several sites that kicked him off their platforms in the wake of the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack. Trump cannot tweet again without following some rules set up by his company, however. Within his contract with Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG) — the parent company of Truth Social, the site he helped...

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“Get These Weapons of War Out of Our Communities”: Dems Push for Assault Gun Ban

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 07:35

A gunman killed at least seven people in the small California city of Half Moon Bay on Monday, the second mass shooting in the state in three days and one of nearly 40 that have occurred since the start of the new year — a rolling epidemic of violence that Congress has repeatedly met with inaction or inadequate compromises with gun lobby-backed Republicans. The Associated Press reported that...

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Prosecution of Assange Would Lead to End of the First Amendment, Advocates Warn

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 12:35

Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg joined other leading journalists, attorneys and human rights defenders to call on the Biden administration to drop its extradition request and indictment against journalist and WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, citing the grave threat Assange’s prosecution would pose to journalism worldwide. “Every empire requires secrecy to cloak its acts of...

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Poll Finds Most New Yorkers Want George Santos to Resign From House Seat

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 12:33

A majority of New York state residents say that Republican Rep. George Santos should resign from Congress just a few weeks after he was sworn in, due to his many lies on the campaign trail in 2022. Santos has lied about so many issues that some media outlets, including HuffPost, have created running tallies of all the statements he made while campaigning for the House that were later revealed to...

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Ruben Gallego Announces Senate Run Against Kyrsten Sinema in 2024

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 10:48

United States Rep. Ruben Gallego, a Democrat from Arizona, announced on Monday morning that he will be running for U.S. Senator in hopes of ousting incumbent independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in the 2024 general election. Sinema, who was formerly a Democrat but changed her party affiliation in December, has not yet announced whether she will be seeking reelection. In his campaign video announcement...

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Strike Suspended After UIC Faculty Union Reaches Tentative Deal

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 10:17

Faculty members at the University of Illinois Chicago suspended their strike on Sunday after reaching a tentative deal with school administrators that includes minimum salary increases for both tenure-track and non-tenure-track staff. “This contract contains important gains on the issues most important to our members,” Aaron Krall, president of the UIC United Faculty (UICUF) union...

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Lula’s New Government Is Taking Steps to Combat Racism in Brazil

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 10:14

On January 1, Brazil’s new President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva walked up the ramp to the presidential palace, in front of nearly 200,000 cheering supporters. Traditionally, the new president walks alongside the outgoing leader, who then hands him or her the presidential sash. But former President Jair Bolsonaro left Brazil for Florida two days before the end of his term. So, instead...

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