Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-01-31

Voices, The Peoples News

January 31, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
GOP Blames Biden for Border Crisis That GOP Refuses to Solve: Over and over, Republicans pointed to the House GOP’s passage of a messaging bill as sufficient action on the border. And they argued the crisis was on Biden to solve—not them. “No. 1, Biden created this problem and he can fix it,” Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR)

Border Patrol facing loss of agents from retirement, flat recruitment as border crisis intensifies: Almost 10,000 border agents are eligible for retirement by 2028. Combined with flat recruitment rates, concerns arise about CBP’s ability to fill out the ranks and conduct its mission to secure the Southern border, even as the current immigration crisis escalates.

Republicans argue Biden has power to fix border crisis as Mayorkas impeachment moves forward: The White House acknowledged on Tuesday that there are actions that Biden could take to better control the border

Texas Still Refuses to Budge in Its Border Standoff With Biden: According to the state’s lieutenant governor, Texas will keep installing razor wire as fast as federal officials can tear it down. According to the state’s lieutenant governor, Texas will keep installing razor wire as fast as federal officials can tear it down.

Eagle Pass mayor says showdown between Texas, feds over border control is ‘frustrating,’ a ‘constant struggle’

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is right: America is being invaded:  Biden administration is asleep at the switch, oblivious to the threat. Though most of the migrants crossing the US southern border are in search of economic opportunity, our enemies are using some as tools. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is rightly sounding the alarm about what he calls an “invasion.”

Republicans Who Screamed About A Crisis On The Border Now Oppose A Plan To Fix It Many on the right claim the U.S. is being “invaded” by migrants but also want to wait until Donald Trump is elected president again to stop it.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Bank of America, Chase, and PNC Are Closing Even More Branches: They include locations in Scottsdale and Tucson, Arizona, as well as a pair in California in Gilroy and Temecula. Florida is losing a couple of its own branches in Brandon and Jacksonville. New Mexico is losing a single location in Albuquerque. And Portland, Oregon, will see a location shutter in the near future.

# Education / Schools
Private schools, public money: School leaders are pushing parents to exploit voucher programs: Voucher expansions have unleashed a flood of additional taxpayer dollars to the benefit of families already enrolled in private schools. In Ohio, some schools are now “strongly encouraging” parents to apply for vouchers, regardless of need or income.

The conservative push for “school choice” has had its most successful year ever: Why did it break through after decades of effort and what comes next?

# Employment / Labor
Crime drives Oakland’s top employer to tell workers to stay in offices for lunch: Citing crime and robberies of workers, Kaiser Permanente directed its employees at its downtown Oakland headquarters to stay in their buildings for lunch. Kaiser is the fourth-largest healthcare provider in the United States and the largest private employer in Oakland.

UPS cuts thousands of jobs, roughly 2.4% of workforce, cites decline in demand, labor costs: UPS plans to cut 12,000 jobs as demand for package delivery stagnates, executives said. The layoffs will eliminate around 2.4 percent of UPS’s global workforce of roughly 495,000, with about 75 percent of the job reductions coming in the first half of 2024.

Companies are spending big money to cover up bullying and discrimination in the workplace–it’s time for shareholders to know exactly how much https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://fortune.com/2023/06/14/companies-are-spending-big-money-to-cover-up-bullying-and-discrimination-in-the-workplace-its-time-for-shareholders-to-know-exactly-how-much/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!yQRG9QPgjy8GS-Pbw-1_ZgsfxZ8gEpZjVxBsYOlnvdiEnTKWeu8uSrdQlPZa1hZ58HbGIeoD_aW-zxbsCjx-1CvzEshueH8r$

The arbitration epidemic: Mandatory arbitration deprives workers and consumers of their rights: In the past three decades, the Supreme Court has engineered a massive shift in the civil justice system that is having dire consequences for consumers and employees. The Court has enabled large corporations to force customers and employees into arbitration to adjudicate practically all types of alleged violations of countless state and federal laws designed to protect citizens against consumer fraud, unsafe products, employment discrimination

It Just Got More Expensive To Fight Corporate Abuse; Costs of Arbitration and Mediation: Amended and Effective January 15, 2024: The Initiation Fee includes an administrative review of the filing, an administrative conference call with the AAA, and the appointment of a Process Arbitrator and/or a Global Mediator. In the event administration continues beyond the items covered by the Initiation Fee, parties will be responsible for the Per Case Fee noted below. The Initiation fee will be credited toward Per Case Fees for cases that advance to that stage.
Individuals: Flat fee of $3,125
Business: Flat fee of $8,125

Tens of thousands of workers lost their jobs in January: That’s more than 40,000 Americans. Based on a new Resume Builder survey, four in 10 companies said they are likely to have layoffs in 2024. More than half of companies also said they plan to implement a hiring freeze in 2024 as fears over a recession escalate.

Block is reportedly laying off around 1,000 workers: Block, a payment firm headed by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, implemented a round of layoffs the company announced late last year, affecting a targeted 1,000 of the company’s roughly 13,000 employees, multiple outlets reported.

PayPal is laying off 2,500 employees: Payments firm PayPal Holdings is mulling over cutting about 2,500 jobs, or 9% of its global workforce, in 2024. The plan was revealed in a letter from CEO Alex Chriss on January 30. Meanwhile, United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) also announced the layoff of 12,000 jobs, according to a report by Bloomberg.

Google spent billions of dollars to lay people off: According to the latest quarterly results posted by Alphabet, Google spent billions of dollars on employee layoffs. The numbers, released its quarterly earnings report today, revealing a substantial $2.1 billion charge for employee severance and related costs incurred during the company’s mass layoffs in early 2023.

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure House Republicans review agreement they say will remove four hydroelectric dams, Dems deny plans: The CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association said that while the agreement acknowledges that the removal of the dams would require an act of Congress, the word “breaching,” meaning the removal of a dam, is mentioned more than two dozen times in the agreement, along with language about replacing the power the dams provide.

Ocean heating breaks record, again, with disastrous outcomes for the planet: High ocean temperatures are placing a strain on marine life and biological processes while also increasing extreme weather events on land. The global ocean, which covers 70% of the planet’s surface, currently absorbs 90% of the solar heat trapped by humanity’s carbon emissions. This greatly moderates rising atmospheric temperatures and helps temper the intensity of the climate crisis. Put another way, the world would be a lot hotter by now if the ocean wasn’t taking in all this heat. But the ocean’s absorption of this anthropogenic heat still has serious consequences.

# General News
Nitazenes emerges in US, more potent than fentanyl: A form of nitazene called isotonitazene first cropped up on the illicit drug market just a few years ago. The drug, which was first synthesized by the pharmaceutical industry in the 1950s, was identified in postmortem forensic toxicology reports and in national and international drug seizures starting in April 2019. Since then, nitazenes have been associated with drug overdose deaths in the Midwest and found in drug seizures in many parts of the country.

‘Highly unusual’: Trump spent $50 million of supporters’ donations on his own legal bills: Donald Trump piled up legal expenses in 2023 as he was indicted four times, spending approximately $50 million in donor money on legal bills and investigation-related expenses last year, according to two people briefed on the figure. It is a staggering sum.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Did Drug Traffickers Funnel Millions of Dollars to Mexican President López Obrador’s First Campaign? Witnesses told the DEA that the money was provided in return for a promise that a future López Obrador government would tolerate the cartel’s operations. Years before Andrés Manuel López Obrador was elected as Mexico’s leader in 2018, U.S. drug-enforcement agents uncovered what they believed was substantial evidence that major cocaine traffickers had funneled some $2 million to his first presidential campaign.

Iran Threatens To ‘Decisively Respond’ To Any US Strikes: As Biden Weighs Response To Jordan Attack: The U.S. has signaled it is preparing for retaliatory strikes in the Mideast in the wake of the Sunday drone attack that also wounded at least 40 troops at Tower 22, a secretive base in northeastern Jordan that’s been crucial to the American presence in neighboring Syria.

# Gov / Politics
The ‘Profound Influence’ of Christian Extremists on Johnson: Mike Johnson’s surprise rise to the speakership after weeks of bitter party infighting was cause for celebration for Pastor Dutch Sheets. Johnson may not know Sheets personally, but they have deep ties to a network of religious leaders who have advocated to end or weaken the separation of church and state, and for Christianity to play a more dominant role governing society.

Lines Drawn in the Sand Over Low-Income Housing on Nantucket: The developers have filed a new court challenge, and opponents are making insinuations about town officials in the latest bitter chapter of the controversy.

An Arizona state senator, who posed as a “fake elector” for Donald Trump in 2020 and was also photographed on Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, 2021, has filed a longshot proposal to allow Arizona politicians to decide how Electoral College votes are assigned in presidential elections. The bill in question says “the Legislature, and no other official, shall appoint presidential electors.”

House Republicans approved two articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas,  an entirely baseless effort aimed at helping Trump look tough on border issues ahead of the 2024 presidential election. Meanwhile, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) dismissed suggestions that he is willing to kill a bipartisan border deal to help the former president.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she lives in perpetual frustration as the court’s conservative supermajority votes on landmark cases have reshaped the nation. “But I have to get up the next morning and keep on fighting,” she added.

Republicans repeatedly equated aid workers with Hamas terrorists as they called for the U.S. to permanently stop funding the United Nations agency responsible for helping Palestinian refugees in Gaza.

House GOP advances impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas: The House Homeland Security Committee approved two articles of impeachment early Wednesday against Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the homeland security secretary, over his handling of the southwestern border, as Republicans raced forward with a partisan indictment of President Biden’s immigration policies.

Former Arizona AG: States have constitutional right to self-defense: “This is an aspect of the historical police power that is expressly reserved for the States. In sum, both the power of self-defense against actually being invaded and the power to execute inspection laws are sovereign powers that have been retained by the states under the U.S. Constitution.”

America Has Stumbled Into an Avoidable Middle East War: Biden’s foreign-policy team ended the war in Afghanistan, and is now caught in a trap of its own making.

2 Prominent Democrats Urge Biden To Pressure Netanyahu To Change Course In Gaza: Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Brian Schatz sent a letter to the State Department on Tuesday, asking the administration to outline ways to use U.S. leverage over the Israeli prime minister.

Gov. Abbott Says Federalizing Texas National Guard Would Be Severe ‘Political Blunder’: The Texas governor said that recent suggestions to federalize state National Guards could backfire.

# Law Enforcment
Former Trump admin official shot during D.C. carjacking spree: Mike Gill served as the chief operating officer and chief of staff to the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) until 2019

21 Bodycam videos caught the NYPD wrongly arresting black kids on Halloween. Why can’t the public see the footage? ProPublica editor-at-large started investigating police oversight after an NYPD officer hit a teenager with a car in 2019. In the years since, he’s learned how police departments have undermined the promise of body-worn cameras.

More than a year after the death of an environmental activist, questions remain on the dangerousness of the Stop Cop City movement near Atlanta: The death of a protester in 2023 at the site of the proposed Atlanta Public Safety Training Center has brought renewed attention to radical environmentalism in the United States. Since Terán’s death, multiple waves of raids by police have largely cleared the area of protesters. More than 40 Stop Cop City movement protesters face domestic terrorism charges and another 61 protesters face Georgia racketeering charges for actions related to their involvement in the movement.

# Legal / DOJ
Trump Lawyer Quickly Abandons Attempt to Discredit Judge: Alina Habba, one of Donald Trump’s attorneys, quickly backed off a recent claim that the judge who presided over E. Jean Carroll’s defamation case against the former president had an “insane” and “incestuous” conflict of interest—because he briefly worked at the same major law firm as one of Carroll’s lawyers.

Georgia prosecutor settles divorce amid scrutiny over alleged relationship with DA Willis: Fulton County special prosecutor Nathan Wade settled his divorce case, canceling a Wednesday hearing that would have featured his testimony discussing his relationship with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

# Medical / Health
Over 300 reproductive health researchers urged the Supreme Court to follow the science when they hear arguments on mifepristone, a drug used in medication abortion that is under attack by conservatives. While detractors have cast doubt on mifepristone’s safety and effectiveness, the researchers said there is “ample scientific evidence” to support its widespread availability under guidelines set out by the Food and Drug Administration.

The Supreme Court will rule on limits on a commonly used abortion medication: The justices will hear appeals from the Biden administration and the maker of the drug mifepristone asking the high court to reverse an appellate ruling that would cut off access to the drug through the mail and impose other restrictions, even in states where abortion remains legal.

Under Ken Paxton, Texas’ Elite Civil Medicaid Fraud Unit Is Falling Apart: After the chief of the attorney general’s Civil Medicaid Fraud Division was forced out last year, two-thirds of attorneys have quit the unit, leaving it at its smallest size since Paxton took office. For years, an elite team of lawyers at the Texas attorney general’s office went toe-to-toe with some of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world, on a mission to weed out fraud and abuse in the Medicaid system.

# Military / DOD
Pentagon not taking Iran-backed militia pause declaration seriously: A message from an Iran-backed militia to its fighters to suspend attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria hasn’t changed the Pentagon’s calculus for retaliatory strikes following Sunday’s deadly attack on U.S. troops in Jordan, a spokesman told reporters Tuesday.

Texas Guard flies ‘Come and Take It’ flag amid dispute with feds: The Texas Military Department posted a photo to its official X account Tuesday afternoon, showing the Gonzales flag flying above its headquarters in Austin.  A spokesperson for the National Guard Bureau said he could not provide context about the post. The Texas Military Department is a state agency that supports the Texas Military Force, which includes the Texas National Guard. Both are led by the state adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Thomas Suelzer.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-01-29

Voices, The Peoples News

January 29, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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When do we turn clocks ahead in 2024? The answer for 2024: Sunday,
March, 10. (In case you’re wondering, that’s three weeks before Easter.

When do we turn clocks ahead in 2024?

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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Texas’ Border Stunt Is Based on the Same Legal Theory Confederate States Used to Secede: Gov. Greg Abbott says the federal government has “broken the compact between the United States and the States” with its immigration policies.

The Supreme Court Is Now Complicit in Texas’ Armed Standoff With the Feds: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is inciting a conflict between Border Patrol and the state’s National Guard that is inching closer and closer toward a violent clash between armed agents of state and federal law enforcement https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2024/01/supreme-court-texas-border-patrol-standoff.html?pay=1706535679102&support_journalism=please__;!!On18fmf1aQ!yVvj-sbORdn3xlC10UgCSPAhYTYM3CqKXFjZZY_sd40ojpXuF8tfScJ3c7R3me2IUHhcFfNl50vrOghg7ckz97c9sW_6WsU0$

The Texas GOP’s border crisis plan includes secession, surrender and stunts instead of solutions: Republican leaders use immigration to stoke anger and avoid solving the crisis.

The Spooky Blackout of Border News: You would have to be blind not to see what is happening here. By forcing open the border and overriding states’ rights, the Biden administration is acting like an agent of chaos, tossing out border security to recruit voters in an election it fears it will lose, and thus cementing a blue majority for the future.

What Happens If Greg Abbott Expands Texas State Guard? As the debate continues, Daniel Miller, president of the Texas Nationalist Movement, which campaigns for the Lone Star State to declare independence from the U.S., suggested that Abbott should expand the powers of the TXSG, the volunteer military agency that provides response during incidents such as the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Biden Threatens Immediate Action to ‘Shut Down’ US-Mexico Border if Congress Approves Bipartisan Proposal: Bidding to salvage a border deal in Congress that also would unlock money for Ukraine, President Joe Biden offered fresh assurances Saturday night that he would be willing to close the U.S.-Mexico border if lawmakers would only send him a bill to sign.

White House Says Proposed Powers to Shut Down Border Will Be ‘Tough’ but ‘Fair’: Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre would not offer details on what the border policy under negotiation will look like

‘God’s Army’ border truck convoy falls flat amid right-wing ‘honeypot’ paranoia: The line of trucks that departed Virginia Beach Monday had just a few dozen participants — much less than the 700,000 organizers had promised.

California Sees Surge in Chinese Migrants: U.S. encounters of Chinese nationals at California border hit all-time high. The U.S. Border Patrol had more than 6,000 encounters along California’s border with citizens of the People’s Republic of China in December 2023. Chinese immigrants attempting to come into the United States through Mexico are at their highest levels in a decade, with many of them finding refuge in California.

Did Biden intentionally cause the border crisis? The House Judiciary Committee issued a report recently on the Biden administration’s record-breaking undocumented immigrant apprehensions and releases at the border, and its refusal to enforce the immigration laws in the interior of the country. The report questions whether the administration intentionally caused the border crisis. It certainly does seem to be intentional.

Senate GOP pleads with Trump not to kill Ukraine-border security deal: One of the key Senate negotiators on a proposal to tighten border security said Sunday that an agreement has been reached, but intensifying opposition from former president Donald Trump and some Republicans could doom any bill.

# Education / Schools
D.C. students push for ‘Green New Deal for Schools’: The D.C. State Board of Education adopted the “Green New Deal for Schools,” making it the second school board in the nation to support changes such as adopting more clean infrastructure, developing new curriculums, introducing pathways to green jobs in high school and creating climate disaster plans, students said.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals Transport Of Vinyl Chloride Puts Millions at Risk: Millions of Americans face risk of a toxic ‘bomb train.’ In some spots along the path the chemicals are transported, people of color make up the largest group at risk. A new report found that at any given moment, more than three million people are unknowingly at risk as trains full of vinyl chloride move between OxyVinyl facilities in Texas and New Jersey.

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure Texas Is Already Running Out of Water: Parts of the state are starting the year with low reserves. With light winter rains failing to replenish supply and a scorching summer predicted, key areas may be pushed to the brink. Two consecutive summers of brutal heat and drought have left some parts of Texas with notably low water supplies going into 2024. A wet year or a well-placed hurricane could quickly pull these regions back from the brink. But winter rains have disappointed so far.

# General News
“Doomsday Clock” kept at 90 seconds to midnight for 2024, which they said reflected “the continued state of unprecedented danger the world faces.” As the Doomsday Clock” ticks closer to midnight, global tensions and nuclear threats intensify. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, stewards of the Doomsday Clock, emphasized in their announcement that the Clock could be turned back, but governments and people needed to take urgent action.

# Gov / Politics / Global
A federal appeals court recently ruled that a lawsuit filed by the Mexican government against U.S. gun manufacturers can move forward. The Mexican government is claiming U.S. gun manufacturers are contributing to the illicit flow of firearms into Mexico.

# Gov / Politics
Civil War Scholars Agree: 14th Amendment Disqualifies Trump: Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which bars former civilian or military officials from holding office if they “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the United States government. The provision has mostly laid dormant since the Reconstruction Era. But Trump’s federal and state indictments in the Jan. 6 insurrection have already led to efforts to bump him off the ballot in key states.

Section 3 of the 14th Amendment: No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State

Disqualification from Public Office Under the 14th Amendment: The Fourteenth Amendment is better known for protecting civil rights. It grants citizenship to all people born in the United States, guarantees equal protection of privileges and immunities of citizens, and bolsters the importance of due process. But the events of January 6th brought the disqualification clause into the spotlight.

While Dismissing ICJ Genocide Finding, US Cuts UNRWA Funds Over Israeli Allegations: “How has the U.S. reacted to these allegations against UNRWA? It suspended funding,” said one British expert. “How has the U.S. reacted to the International Court of Justice ruling that there are plausible grounds that Israel is committing genocide? Nothing.”The Israeli government’s allegations that 12 employees of the United Nations Palestinian refugees agency were involved in Hamas’ October 7 attack pushed the United States to promptly halt funding for the organization on Friday
See also: International Court of Justice

Why the ICJ Ruling Misses the Mark: Mitigating Civilian Harm With An Enemy Engaged in Human Shielding:  International Court of Justice ordered provisional measures against Israel in response to a complaint brought by South Africa under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. While the ruling does not require Israel to desist from further military operations in Gaza, Israel is admonished to adhere closely to its obligations under the treaty, as well as to allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza.

ICJ’s Gaza decision shores up rules-based order and puts west to test: UN court’s ruling is devastating for Israel and awkward for allies such as the UK and US, which belittled South Africa’s case

US Hawks Demand War With Iran After Attack on American Troops in Jordan: Warhawks in the United States wasted no time agitating for direct military conflict with Iran after a drone attack on a military base just inside Jordan’s border with Syria on Sunday killed three American troops and injured dozens more. “The only answer to these attacks must be devastating military retaliation against Iran’s terrorist forces, both in Iran and across the Middle East,” said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a longtime supporter of war with Iran. “Anything less will confirm Joe Biden as a coward unworthy of being commander-in-chief.”

House GOP Unveils Mayorkas Impeachment Articles: House Republicans unveiled their articles of impeachment to remove Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, formally kicking off a controversial process as Democrats and experts argue he has not committed any high crimes or misdemeanors to justify booting him from his post.

25 States Join Texas in Fight Against Federal Government:  What to know. Through the border security initiative Operation Lone Star, Texas has implemented physical barriers barring both immigrants and federal agents from accessing the border, raising legal disputes.

America Is Not a Democracy: The movement to save democracy from threats is too quick to overlook the problems that have been present since the founding. The 2024 election is already being pitched not as a choice about taxes or health care or social policy, but a final test of whether we will have a republic or a dictatorship.

Politico’s Hit Job on U.S. Trade Rep Katherine Tai: A complex tug-of-war has been happening over the direction of Biden’s trade policy. Politico serves as a handy receptacle for Tai’s enemies to paint Tai as the problem. The piece goes on; “She’s really tough on people, and she hasn’t figured out a way to have relationships in other parts of the administration, which is how you do your job,” said one official familiar with the staffing issues. “The morale [problem] is more about that than anything else. Other agencies aren’t having these kinds of departures.”

GOP Senator Punished By His Own Party for Doing His Job: Sen. James Lankford was condemned and censured by his own state’s Republican party for negotiating with Democrats on a potential border deal.

# Law Enforcment
EX-IRS contractor Charles Littlejohn, who admitted leaking Trump’s tax records, sentenced to 5 years in prison: A former contractor for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service was sentenced by a judge to five years in prison for leaking the tax records of former President Donald Trump and thousands of other wealthy Americans to media organizations. Charles Littlejohn, 38, in October had pleaded guilty to a charge of disclosing income tax return information without authorization.

# Legal / DOJ
Trump Fraud Case Finding Suggests ‘Major Tax Evasion’: A court-appointed monitor found that a $48 million loan Trump has long claimed he took out “never existed.” “While the reasons behind claiming this fake loan are still unknown, at the very least he misled the government for years about his finances.”

US Court Hears Case Alleging Biden Complicit in Israel’s Genocide in Gaza: “We are watching a genocide unfold in Gaza in real time and, despite the government’s view that a U.S. court can do nothing about it, CCR and our clients argue that it certainly can and it absolutely must!” said one advocate.

# Military / Global
China Sends 33 Military Aircraft, 6 Naval Ships Toward Taiwan Amid US-China Talks: China has escalated military pressure on Taiwan, sending 33 military aircraft and six naval vessels toward the island. This move comes as U.S.-China talks resume, potentially complicating efforts to stabilize relations.

# Science
Scientists Just Discovered a New Type of Magnetism: In an atomically thin stack of semiconductors, a mechanism unseen in any natural substance causes electrons’ spins to align. In 2020, researchers created Nagaoka ferromagnetism in a tiny system containing just three electrons, one of the smallest possible systems in which the phenomenon can occur.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-01-25

Voices, The Peoples News

January 25, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
McConnell Reportedly Turning on Border Bill to Appease Trump: “We don’t want to do anything to undermine him,” the senator reportedly told Republicans Wednesday night. Chaos at the border is a useful tool for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and McConnell noted that would make it difficult for Republicans to back the bill. “We don’t want to do anything to undermine him,” said McConnell, whose remarks were first reported by Punchbowl News.

Trump calls for states to deploy National Guard to Texas amid border
feud: Former President Trump encouraged “all willing States” to deploy National Guard members to Texas amid the feud between Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and the federal government over the removal of razor wire across the U.S.-Mexico border. “In the face of this National Security, Public Safety, and Public Health Catastrophe, Texas has rightly invoked the Invasion Clause of the Constitution, and must be given full support to repel the Invasion,” Trump said in a statement Thursday.

Attor­ney Gen­er­al Ken Pax­ton Responds to Biden Administration’s Demand that Texas ​“Cease and Desist” Secur­ing its Border: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has responded to a cease-and-desist letter sent by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) demanding that Texas end its enhanced border security measures in Eagle Pass’s Shelby Park.
DHS sent the letter on January 14 and requested compliance with their orders by January 17, threatening to escalate the issue.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
‘Disease X’ Preparations Launched; Disease X: Scientists, leaders prepare for a possible virus far deadlier than COVID: The World Health Organization first coined the term Disease X in 2018, World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the “Preparing for Disease X” panel on Wednesday. According to the WHO, the term “represents the knowledge that a serious international epidemic could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown to cause human disease.”

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
After Success in Massachusetts, Lawmakers in 10 States Push Wealth Tax:
Some were inspired by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) 2020 presidential campaign proposal, which featured a 2% annual tax for assets above $50 million and a 3% tax for assets over $1 billion. Now, less than a month into 2024, legislators in 10 states are developing or have introduced wealth tax bills.

# Education / Schools
Columbia Scolds Students for “Unsanctioned” Gaza Rally Where They Were Attacked With Chemicals:
Two people reportedly sprayed an odious chemical at protesters, leaving students with burning eyes, nausea, and chest pain. The campus chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine publicizedOpens in a new tab the incident on Saturday morning, identifying the substance as “skunk,” a chemical weapon used by the Israel Defense Forces against Palestinians and one that U.S. police departments have reportedly acquired in the past.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals Lives “devastated’ by petrochemical industry pollution in Texas: The report analyzed TCEQ records and showed that, in the past two decades, ExxonMobil Baytown Complex had 1,013 air pollution violations, 77 occurring since 2020. ITC Deer Park, which is owned by Mitsui & Co., had
49 air pollution violations in the last 20 years, including 10 since 2020 https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2024/01/united-states-lives-devastated-and-human-rights-sacrificed-by-toxic-fossil-fuel-related-pollution-from-petrochemical-plants-in-texas-and-louisiana/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3szoL9OxVLbNhQinALtouB0M2Odc3i2-RTK9sGCUZIsSrqMbhBbKzvpin7TvMkguHUeUT0fgVQAg7OwnBtB3WVGrp5P3dO4a$

Lives “devastated’ by petrochemical industry pollution in Texas: New analysis illustrates the climate, environmental, and human rights tolls linked to petrochemical production surrounding the Houston Ship Channel region.

Wyoming’s coal mandate continues to cost electric customers: Two lone coal cars sat abandoned on a rail line in the central Powder River Basin in Wyoming June 3, 2022. State regulators this month approved a $1.1 million annual “low-carbon” surcharge for Black Hills Energy’s Wyoming customers — an overall 0.67% increase that will be added to monthly bills beginning in February.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals / Global Ontario First Nations call for pause on mining claims: The Chiefs of Ontario said the province’s Mining Lands Administration System has allowed prospectors to register mining claims online much faster than First Nations can respond. “A 365-day moratorium is necessary,” said Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare in a press release. Thousands of online mining claims are being made on the territories of First Nations without their consent.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Technology State AG brings civil action against Amos Miller: Two recent E. coli illnesses reported by other states’ health departments are suspected to have originated from Miller’s Organic Farm raw milk or raw milk products. Additionally, samples of raw milk and raw milk products collected by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recently tested positive for Listeria. These bacteria pose serious health risks, especially to young children, older people, and people with weakened immune systems.

# General News
Will Biden Rescind Trump’s Boeing Immunity Deal? Allegations of fraud in a recent federal lawsuit, if substantiated, could empower President Biden’s Justice Department to rescind a controversial deferred prosecution agreement granted to Boeing by Donald Trump’s administration and blessed by an archconservative judge in the wake of two 737 Max crashes, according to experts interviewed by The Lever. The deal, which has long been criticized by crash victims’ families and recently challenged in court by air safety advocates, allowed Boeing to avoid criminal prosecution on fraud charges and shielded Boeing’s senior executives from such prosecution as well.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Israel Braces for Critical Tipping Point in Genocide Case: The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the United Nations’ highest legal body, is slated to rule on Friday whether it will issue interim measures against Israel on charges of genocide against Palestinians in Gaza.

Qatar Tells Israel: Hamas Suspended Hostage Negotiations: According to Israeli media, sources familiar with the details indicated that Qatar conveyed the suspension to Israel on Wednesday, highlighting a key demand from Hamas for a complete withdrawal of the Israeli army from the Gaza Strip in the initial phase of any agreement, effectively signaling an end to the ongoing conflict.

For Palestinians, U.S. Talk of a “Revitalized” PA in Gaza Is Code for Outsourced Oppression: At a security forces base in the West Bank, young recruits dismissed questions about the Palestinian Authority’s contributions to maintaining the occupation.

# Gov / Politics
Right-Wing Influencers Going Full Racist in Anti-DEI Rants The backlash against “wokeism” has led a growing number of states to ban D.E.I.
programs at public universities. Thousands of emails and other documents reveal the playbook, and grievances, behind one strand of the anti-D.E.I. campaign.

Matt Gaetz House Ethics Probe ‘Zeroes In’ on Sex Trafficking: However, after the committee published its report on Rep. George Santos (R-NY)—prompting his ouster in November—it appears investigators have gone all-in on Gaetz. Two people familiar with the investigation confirmed that the committee is now “zeroing in” on the sex trafficking.

Collins Says She Won’t Endorse Trump Even if He’s Nominated: Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), the top-ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee and a key figure in getting bills passed through Congress, says she will not endorse former President Trump, even if he becomes the Republican Party’s nominee for president.

Why the Iraq War AUMF Is Still Dangerous: Legislation authorizing the
2003 war is still on the books—and alarmingly open-ended: The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold an important hearing focusing on a perennially difficult topic: how to reform and update the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which was enacted in response to the 9/11 attacks and continues to provide the main legal basis for global U.S. counterterrorism operations more than two decades later.

The Long Arm of the Law: Executive Overreach and the AUMF: Since World War II, the executive branch has dominated foreign policy and national security decisions, expanding war powers well beyond the president’s constitutional purview. Aided by a complicit Congress, the president has bypassed the legislator and unilaterally prosecuted some of the United States’ bloodiest conflicts. Continuing this tradition of executive overreach, Congress passed the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) on September 14, 2001, which ostensibly empowered the president to pursue those responsible for the 9/11 attacks, namely al Qaeda and the nations supporting them.

Senate bill calls for repeal of Iraq AUMF: A bipartisan group of senators is pushing legislation to repeal the Authorization of Military Force for Iraq, which the senators say will “officially bring the Iraq war to a close.”
Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, along with Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, introduced the bill, which would repeal the AUMF for Iraq that passed in 2002 ahead of the U.S. invasion.

What the AUMF Is and Why You Should Care: Lawmakers must grapple with two questions related to the adequacy of this legal authority for current and ongoing military operations. Legislation recently introduced in Congress seeks to address the first of these concerns. The second deserves to be debated in Congress as well.

Key Takeaways from September 28 House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on AUMF Reform: On September 28th, the House Foreign Relations Committee (HFAC), held a hearing entitled “Reclaiming Congress’s Article I Powers:
Counterterrorism AUMF Reform.” HFAC is the House committee responsible for drafting Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMFs).

Why “Associated Forces” Should be Kept Out of Any New AUMF: Congress is once again renewing efforts to replace the outdated and overstretched
2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and repeal the “zombie” 2002 AUMF. These are important and overdue tasks, which should be welcomed by the Biden administration, given its long-stated support for replacing the 2001 AUMF with “a narrow and specific framework”
tailored to today’s “terrorist threats.”

Report on the Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the United States’ Use of Military Force and Related National Security Operations: This report is provided consistent with Section 1264 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NOAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. It provides an update to the legal, factual, and policy bases for the “Report on the Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the United States’ Use of Military Force and Related National Security Operations,” originally published on December 5, 2016 (“original report”).

Trump Privately Pressuring GOP Senators To ‘Kill’ Border Deal To Deny Biden A Win: The former president is telling Republicans he “doesn’t want Biden to have a victory” in 2024, said a source familiar with the bipartisan negotiations.

The United Auto Workers endorsed President Joe Biden for reelection, putting a high-profile union behind the Democrat’s 2024 campaign. The union’s support is particularly helpful in the UAW’s home state of Michigan, a battleground where Biden narrowly beat Trump in 2020.

‘Donald Trump Is a Scab’: UAW Endorses Joe Biden for President: “Rarely as a union do you get so clear a choice between two candidates,” said UAW president Shawn Fain. “Donald Trump is a billionaire, and that’s who he represents.” “We can stand up and elect someone who stands with us and supports our cause. Or we can elect someone who will divide us and fight us every step of the way.”

Why some Texas election leaders are scrambling to find more polling locations, machines and workers The new law requires counties that allow residents to vote at any polling location to increase the number of locations: Texas election officials are scrambling to fulfill a new election law ahead of the March 5 primaries that requires certain counties to increase the number of polling locations drastically.

After Fuentes scandal, Texas billionaires fund new PAC to support conservative candidates: Two Texas billionaires known to donate to the campaigns of, far-right candidates are starting a new group, Texans United for a Conservative Majority, following controversy related to the political action committee Defend Texas Liberty. West Texas oil billionaires Tim Dunn and Farris Wilks poured $2 million into their new group. House Speaker Dade Phelan is a main target of the group for his role in overseeing Ken Paxton’s impeachment.

Trump touts victory as primary steamroll continues: Trump won contested races in Iowa last week and New Hampshire this week, making him the first non-incumbent presidential candidate to do so in modern history.
In another record, Trump’s win was fueled in part by record voter turnout, with 320,000 New Hampshire voters heading to the polls.

Mike Johnson Wants Civility And Trump: The House Speaker preaches politeness while calling for “regime change” in Washington (even if he says Joe Biden’s road to the White House “must’ve been God’s will”).

Rights Coalition Calls for Israel Arms Embargo to End Gaza Carnage:
“American taxpayers should not be subsidizing war crimes,” said Martin Butcher of Oxfam International. A coalition of 16 leading human rights organizations issued a joint statement Wednesday calling on all nations to immediately stop sending weapons to both Israel and and Palestinian militants, warning that continued arms transfers risk exacerbating what’s already one of the worst humanitarian crises in modern history.

Foreign-Influenced Corporate Money in State Elections:
Foreign-influenced companies contributed over $163 million to committees in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York, and Washington between the start of the two-year 2018 election cycle and the end of 2022. Federal campaign finance law bars contributions made directly by or indirectly from foreign nationals in connection with any federal, state or local election, but U.S.-registered corporations that are subsidiaries of foreign corporations or that have foreign ownership often pour money into U.S. politics. A new OpenSecrets analysis found these foreign-influenced companies (foreign-influenced companies) have poured millions of dollars into political contributions to lawmakers in states that are cracking down on their political giving.

RNC Mulls Declaring Trump Its ‘Presumptive Nominee’: Nikki Haley’s campaign shrugged off reports of the draft resolution, with a spokesperson saying, “Who cares what the RNC says?” Members of the Republican National Committee are set to consider a proposal that would enshrine Donald Trump as the party’s “presumptive nominee” for president, https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://nypost.com/2024/01/25/news/rnc-could-crown-trump-presumptive-nominee-after-iowa-new-hampshire-wins/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3szoL9OxVLbNhQinALtouB0M2Odc3i2-RTK9sGCUZIsSrqMbhBbKzvpin7TvMkguHUeUT0fgVQAg7OwnBtB3WVGrpz3Icg9q$

# Law Enforcment
Federal court says Alabama can carry out first nitrogen gas execution; Supreme Court appeal expected:
Alabama will be allowed to put an inmate to death with nitrogen gas, a federal appeals court ruled, refusing to block what would be the nation’s first execution by a new method since 1982.
See also: Nitrogen: What Is It: Nitrogen is an inert gas. It is odorless, colorless and does not sustain life. Nitrogen usually appears in either liquid or gas form (although it is possible to attain solid nitrogen as well). Liquid nitrogen is used as a refrigerant https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.atlascopco.com/en-us/compressors/wiki/compressed-air-articles/what-is-nitrogen-gas__;!!On18fmf1aQ!3szoL9OxVLbNhQinALtouB0M2Odc3i2-RTK9sGCUZIsSrqMbhBbKzvpin7TvMkguHUeUT0fgVQAg7OwnBtB3WVGrp4KWNH_M$

Ex-Trump adviser Peter Navarro sentenced to 4 months in prison after defying Jan. 6 subpoena: ormer Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro was sentenced to four months in prison Thursday for criminal contempt of Congress, with a federal judge telling him he was “not a victim” or a target of political persecution, as much as he may have proclaimed otherwise.

# Legal / DOJ
Maine’s high court won’t weigh in on Donald Trump’s ballot eligibility before Supreme Court: In a unanimous decision, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court dismissed Bellows’ appeal of the order requiring her to await the U.S. Supreme Court decision before withdrawing, modifying or upholding her decision to keep Trump off the primary ballot on Super Tuesday.

Democratic Senators Sound Alarm Over Koch-Backed Plot to ‘Eviscerate’
Regulatory State: “For years, regulated interests have funded a full-scale campaign to delegitimize and dismantle federal regulations.”
“The Supreme Court is considering a power grab designed to make day-to-day governance less effective and to give the courts more power in determining every detail of how government works,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren. A group of Democratic senators filed a brief warning that Koch-backed entities are closely involved in an upcoming case that could further gut the federal government’s regulatory power, and enhance the strength of the conservative-dominated high court.

What’s Going On With Brett Kavanaugh? Brett Kavanaugh voted in favor of Texas’ rebellion against the federal government, going against “a principle established explicitly in the Constitution, enshrined by centuries of precedent, and etched into history by the Civil War.” Why would he do such a thing? Mark Joseph Stern examines what on Earth is going on with the justice, who usually “expends tremendous energy assuring the nation that he is reasonable, moderate, and inclined toward compromise.”

# Military / DOD
US and UK carry out strikes against Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen: The US and UK militaries launched strikes against Houthi targets in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen on Thursday, marking a significant response after the Biden administration and its allies warned that the Iran-backed militant group would bear the consequences of its attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea.

2 US-flagged Ships With Cargo For US Defense Department Come Under Attack By Yemen’s Houthi Rebels: The attacks on the container ships Maersk Detroit and Maersk Chesapeake further raise the stakes of the group’s ongoing attacks on shipping through the vital Bab el-Mandeb Strait. The U.S. and the United Kingdom have launched multiple rounds of airstrikes seeking to stop the attacks.

# Technology
Florida Moves Closer to Social Media Ban for Kids Under 16: The bill’s supporters say it’s necessary to protect kids from addictive tech and online predators. Opponents say it’s governmental overreach. Florida’s Republican-controlled House on Wednesday passed a bill that would ban minors under 16 years old from having social media accounts and to require age verification for all other users.

Microsoft Slashes Nearly 2,000 Employees From Blizzard: Blizzard President Mike Ybarra and Allen Adham, co-founder and chief design officer, will also step down. Microsoft will lay off 1,900 employees at Activision Blizzard and Xbox, the latest tech company to announce cuts so far in 2024. The layoffs represent about an 8% cut of its video gaming staff of 22,000 workers and come months after Microsoft acquired Activision in a blockbuster deal.

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January 24, 2024
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Ohio Pastor Files Federal Lawsuit Over Charges for Helping Homeless: An attorney for Pastor Chris Avell said city officials have launched a “smear campaign of innuendo and half-truths” to get him to stop hosting homeless people in his church. In court filings, Avell said he hosted an average of eight unhoused people per night at his church, Dad’s Place, “without incident” for several months before the city tried to stop him from keeping the facility open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Federal agency spent nearly $20 billion to settle migrants all over the U.S: A majority of the m-ney was given to nonprofits that would help migrants save up for large necessities such as a house or car. The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) spent almost 20 billion in the years 2022 and 2023 on refugee resettlement, according to a recent report.

First Chicago, now Boston: A hundred migrants are sleeping on the floors of sanctuary city’s Logan Airport –Footage obtained by CBS News showed around 100 migrants sleeping in the international terminal of Boston’s Logan Airport. Massachusetts’ shelters reached capacity in November, with 7,500 families in its system. Some are now being housed in hospital waiting rooms and church halls

Showdown: Texas National Guard Responds to Supreme Court Order by Installing More Razor Wire: The Texas National Guard on Tuesday responded to the Supreme Court’s order allowing the Biden regime to cut/remove razor wire installed along the southern border by installing more razor wire.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Biden regime regarding their cutting razor wire at the border.

Hidden homeless caves found dug into Tuolumne River bank in Modesto: Hidden Caves Found 20-Feet Below California Street Shut Down After Homeless Move In With Furniture, Hooks for Bottles. Modesto Park Rangers are mulling over installing security cameras throughout the area of the ‘homeless caves,’ to help deter further digging https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://acheiverssurest.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0caN0N_2gwMVMNQoBR0SowRKEAEYASAAEgLFs_D_BwE__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2Mo_0aP7nqIH5x3rx5llqZfEwB6NZ1LmCNXcJ0TvIAfCMOxJgmq6HIFqsoT7jlr9sSrI7PhFEzQvIFr0peFaIb-4MCvmAUFp$

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Trump added $8.4 trillion to the national debt: Discretionary spending increases from 2018 and 2019 added $2.1 trillion, Trump’s signature Tax Cuts and Jobs Act added $1.9 trillion and the 2020 bipartisan CARES Act for pandemic relief added another $1.9 trillion, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), a Washington think tank, found in a study released earlier this month.

Economic inequality exposed: The Roosevelt reports unmask the fallacy of corporate tax cuts: “Reforming corporate tax policies is crucial for building a more equitable economy.” These reports critically assess the longstanding ‘trickle down’ economic ideology and emphasize the importance of robust corporate taxation for bolstering the economy and enhancing the well-being of families and children.

# Education / Schools
Learning for life; The higher the level of education, the lower the risk of dying: Education saves lives regardless of age, sex, location, and social and demographic backgrounds. A new study shows that each additional year of education reduces risk of death by about 2%. The benefits of an 18-year education are comparable to eating enough vegetables in your diet. More education leads to increased resources that can help a person build a healthy lifestyle.

An East Texas school district’s flagpole raises questions about America’s separation of church and state The LaPoynor school district frequently flies a Christian flag, but may not be running afoul of the Constitution because it says students are choosing to raise it.

# Employment / Labor
Mass layoffs are in store for 2024, and it might end up affecting nearly half of companies, according to a new poll: That’s the latest information from a Resume Builder survey, based on responses from more than 900 companies this month. Resume Builder is a professional platform that allows users to create resumes in just a few steps. When asked why the companies were engaging in the layoffs, half said the anticipation of a recession was a reason. Meanwhile, a little less, four in 10 said they are going to lay off employees and replace workers with artificial intelligence (AI).
See also: The Companies Cutting Jobs in 2024: Here’s the List https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.businessinsider.com/layoffs-sweeping-us-these-are-companies-making-cuts-2024__;!!On18fmf1aQ!2Mo_0aP7nqIH5x3rx5llqZfEwB6NZ1LmCNXcJ0TvIAfCMOxJgmq6HIFqsoT7jlr9sSrI7PhFEzQvIFr0peFaIb-4ML_k6s3n$

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals
Congressman: DOJ investigation of Big Oil is now ‘even more urgent’ following Shell revelations: Rep. Ted Lieu is once again urging the Department of Justice to look into whether fossil fuel companies broke the law. With more proof of Shell’s climate deception, Rep. Ted Lieu is once again urging the Department of Justice to look into whether fossil fuel companies broke the law.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals / Global Trial of Land Defenders Fighting the Coastal GasLink Pipeline is Put on Hold as Canadian Police Come Under Scrutiny for Excessive Force: The defense for three activists from First Nations argues abuse of process by security forces around the pipeline construction site, as the U.N. and Amnesty International allege excessive force, surveillance and criminalization of land defenders.

# Gov / Politics / Global
The Israeli PM has vowed retribution after Hamas killed 21 troops in a single attack, the most since the war began: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Tuesday to exact retribution against the Palestinian militants, after the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) lost 24 soldiers in Gaza

A military transport plane that Russia said was carrying 74 people, including 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war to be swapped, crashed Wednesday in a border region near Ukraine. All aboard were killed, according to the governor.  The flight was on its way to the southern region of Belgorod ahead of a prisoner exchange at the border when it was brought down by a “terrorist act,” the Kremlin said.

# Gov / Politics
Donald Trump dominates again, as former president easily beats Nikki Haley in New Hampshire GOP primary: But Tuesday’s results also showed enduring divisions in the GOP, and they exposed the former president’s weaknesses with moderates

Biden wins write-in vote in New Hampshire:  Joe Biden won an unusual Democratic write-in vote in New Hampshire’s primary election on Tuesday, an important display of political strength, despite his name not being on the ballot. The victory for the incumbent president [sic] was the end product of a fervent write-in campaign orchestrated by New Hampshire Democrats, who were troubled by the national party’s decision to send the state’s first-in-the-nation primary election to more diverse South Carolina.

Trump wins New Hampshire primary: Five key takeaways and what’s next: Trump attacks Haley after his New Hampshire win cements his position as the Republican frontrunner.

As he seeks immunity, Donald Trump uses flawed logic to compare presidents, police officers: Legal experts told PolitiFact that whatever the judicial ruling, Trump’s suggestion that he’s seeking what police officers already have is flawed. “What Trump seeks goes far beyond” the protections police officers have, said Ilya Somin, a George Mason University law professor. Trump’s lawyers have said in court that they are seeking much broader immunity than what police officers receive.

Top White House Aides Moving To Biden Re-Election Campaign: Driving the news: Deputy chief of staff Jen O’Malley Dillon who managed Biden’s general election bid in 2020, and senior adviser Mike Donilon will be moving to the campaign in the coming weeks.

A new Supreme Court case threatens to take away your right to protest: A renegade federal appeals court, one dominated by MAGA-aligned judges who routinely read the law in ways that even the current, very conservative Supreme Court finds untenable, has spent the last half-decade harassing DeRay Mckesson, a prominent civil rights activist and an organizer within the Black Lives Matter movement. As part of this crusade, two of the Fifth Circuit’s judges effectively eliminated the First Amendment right to organize a protest in a case known as Doe v. Mckesson.

Tennessee Blocks Half a Million People From Voting in 2024 Election: Nearly 500,000 people in Tennessee will be barred from voting in the upcoming presidential election, with new rules making reinstatement of electoral rights even harder. A 2022 estimate by the Sentencing Project, a criminal justice non-profit, puts the percentage of voting-age people who are unable to vote due to a felony conviction at 9 percent, or approximately 471,000 people.

Biden’s two assistants resign immediately: Senior Advisor to U.S. President Joe Biden, Mike Donilon, and Deputy Chief of Staff to the White House, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, are set to depart from their positions in early February. They plan to continue their work within Biden’s re-election campaign

Trump: The Political Threats Will Stop … When You Agree With My Lies: AT the start of this election year, Donald Trump spoke of “bedlam” breaking out if criminal prosecutions prevent him from retaking the White House. But the chaos the former president is threatening isn’t an abstraction. It’s already here, barely a month into 2024.

‘The Trump Show’; How the former president churns trials to financially milk supporters: Maybe it sounded out of control to you. A former president, already found by a judge and jury to have raped a woman, heckled her and the judge in court last week as a new jury in a second civil trial was being asked how to hold him responsible. But Donald Trump wasn’t spinning out in a New York courtroom last Wednesday from an inability to restrain himself. He was streaming a new episode of “The Trump Show.”

GOP Senator Reverses Bill Allocating $5 Million Legal Fund for Trump: Florida’s Senator Ileana Garcia, who supports Trump’s presidential ambitions, declared on Monday her intention to pull back Senate Bill 1740, which was filed this month to use taxpayer funds for Trump’s legal issues.

Chair of Arizona Republican party resigns after leak reveals alleged bribe: The leader of Arizona’s Republican party resigned on Wednesday after leaked audio of him surfaced, appearing to show him offering a bribe to the Republican candidate Kari Lake by asking if there were a dollar amount she would take to stay out of the US Senate race there.

New Hampshire results leave Progressives up against the wall: After years of Democratic deference to Biden, the country faces a dystopian election. Either Donald Trump or Joe Biden is headed for a second term. The New Hampshire primary has confirmed that the United States is on the way to a disastrous fall election. Unless a health crisis forces withdrawal from the presidential race, either Donald Trump or Joe Biden is headed for a second term. The electoral outlook is now dystopian.

# Legal / DOJ
NY man convicted of murdering woman who was in his backcountry driveway after wrong turn: A man was convicted of second-degree murder for fatally shooting a 20-year-old woman when the SUV she was riding in mistakenly drove into his rural driveway in upstate New York.

Proud Boys member sentenced to 6 years in prison for Capitol riot role after berating judge: Marc Bru repeatedly interrupted Chief Judge James Boasberg before he handed down the sentence, calling him a “clown” and a “fraud” presiding over a “kangaroo court.” The judge warned Bru that he could be kicked out of the courtroom if he continued to disrupt the proceedings. “You can give me 100 years and I’d do it all over again,” said Bru, who was handcuffed and shackled. “That’s the definition of no remorse in my book,” the judge said.

# LGBTQ / Gender
Maine Legislation Proposes Removing Children from Parents Rejecting ‘Gender-Affirming Care’: A new bill in Maine, H.P. 1114, is proposing significant changes to child abuse laws. It aims to make it illegal for parents to deny their children gender-reassignment procedures, including hormones and surgery.

Maine expands ability of older teens to receive gender-affirming care without parents’ consent: Gov. Janet Mills signed the law on Tuesday, which will allow older teens to receive gender-affirming care if they have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, have received counseling, are experiencing harm from not receiving care, and have parents that refuse to support treatment.

# Media
Journalist Motaz Azaiza Flees Gaza After Months Of Covering Israel-Hamas War: The 24-year-old gained a massive global following for documenting Israel’s ongoing bombardment in Gaza. Motaz Azaiza, a young Palestinian journalist who gained a massive following for documenting Israel’s war in Gaza, has evacuated out of the territory as conditions there further deteriorate.

‘AI Will Not Scab Us’: Post-Gazette Newsroom Decries Use of Artificial Intelligence: “As newsroom jobs continue to disappear due to corporate greed and mismanagement, we stand firmly against any use of AI that takes work out of union members’ hands,” said one labor leader.

# Medical / Health
Of Course Florida Republicans Want to Make It Easier to Sue Doctors Who Perform Abortions: Bills have been proposed in the state’s House and Senate that would allow parents to file civil lawsuits for the wrongful death of an “unborn child.” Bills have been proposed in the state’s House and Senate that would allow parents to file civil lawsuits for the wrongful death of an “unborn child.”

# Military / DOD
US Closes Weapons Stockpile to Ukraine: With debates in Congress over future foreign military spending, Pentagon officials said the United States will no longer be able to tap its weapons stockpile to help Ukraine fight against Russian forces.

The U.S military announced that it has carried out “proportionate” airstrikes against Iranian-backed militants in Iraq to retaliate for recent attacks on American bases in the region. The latest airstrikes targeting Kataib Hezbollah and affiliated militia groups in Iraq were launched just after midnight local time on Wednesday

The U.S. and its allies, including the UK, Australia, Canada, Bahrain, and the Netherlands, conducted new strikes against eight Houthi positions in Yemen in response to continued attacks on ships in the Red Sea, according to a joint statement published by the Pentagon. The new strikes targeted a Houthi underground storage site as well as other locations housing Houthi’s missile and air surveillance capabilities, the statement said.

# Military / Global
Houthi Rebels launch vicious new attack on US ship as fears of new war with Iran surge: Houthi rebels fired three anti-ship missiles at U.S-owned ship off Yemen in Gulf of Aden. The Iran-backed Houthi rebels fired missiles at two US-owned and operated container ships in the Southern Red Sea Wednesday.

North Korean rockets launched at Ukraine: UK satellite images suggest illegal arms trade with Russia: UK sends UN experts photographs of North Korean shipments to Russia. Report shows Russian ships loading at North Korean port, amid accusation that Pyongyang supplies missiles and shells. North Korea has been accused of supplying ballistic missiles and hundreds of thousands of artillery shells to the Russian government for its war in Ukraine since Vladimir Putin met with Kim Jong-un in Russia’s far east in September.

# Technology
If you’re a Netflix customer, there’s a good chance your subscription will be changing soon. The company announced yesterday in a letter to shareholders that its most popular plan– $11.99 a month for no ads — is going away for good. US customers haven’t been able to sign up for the plan since last summer, instead having to choose a more expensive plan if they wanted to go commercial-free. But now existing subscribers are getting cut off too.

Mobile phone ‘account takeover’ attacks have become a major concern: In the dynamic world of digital security, a breakthrough from computer science researchers offers new insights into protecting online accounts from takeover attacks. As mobile devices evolve into complex ecosystems of software and apps, the risk of such attacks increases, with potentially severe consequences for users.

# Water
Groundwater Levels Around the World Are Dropping Quickly, Often at Accelerating Rates: rapid groundwater-level declines (>0.5 m year−1) are widespread in the twenty-first century, especially in dry regions with extensive croplands. Critically, we also show that groundwater-level declines have accelerated over the past four decades in 30% of the world’s regional aquifers.

Company draws millions of gallons of water while state residents barely have enough to live: ‘Look for basic human need first’: Company draws millions of gallons of water while state residents barely have enough to live: ‘Look for basic human need first’ As southern Louisiana experiences a freshwater shortage, residents are being asked to conserve water while a company uses millions of gallons for the construction of a new facility.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-01-23

Voices, The Peoples News

January 23, 2024
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
The U.S. Supreme Court ordered Texas to allow federal border agents access to the southern border after the state deployed miles of concertina wire used to deter migrant crossings: The high court’s order effectively maintains long-running precedent that the federal government, not individual states, has authority to enforce border security. The order did not explain justices’ decisions. For now, it effectively upholds longstanding court rulings that the Constitution gives the federal government sole responsibility for border security.

# Corporations / Industry
A Louisiana court just revived plans for the country’s biggest plastics plant: An appeals court cleared the way for the chemical giant Formosa Plastics to start building its $9.4 billion complex in Cancer Alley.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
FDA Shuts Down Enquiries about DNA Contamination in Covid Vaccines: FDA Shuts Down Enquiries About DNA Contamination In COVID Vaccines Authored by Maryanne Demasi via The Brownstone Institute, The recent findings of DNA fragments in the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines have led many to question why the FDA, which is responsible for monitoring the quality and safety of the vaccines, has failed to sound the alarm. For years, the
FDA has known about the risk posed by residual DNA in vaccines.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Inflationary woes: More chain stores closed in 2023, continuing into 2024. Since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021, inflation and prices for all goods and services soared, initially breaking 40-year record highs. As prices and costs go up, wages have gone down, “placing additional stress on family finances,” The Heritage Foundation’s “Biden Inflation Tracker” notes.

IRS announces sweeping effort to restore fairness to tax system with Inflation Reduction Act funding: Agency focus will shift attention to wealthy from working-class taxpayers; key changes coming to reduce burden on average taxpayers while using Artificial Intelligence and improved technology to identify sophisticated schemes to avoid taxes

# Education / Schools
A Fossil Fuel Miseducation: How an oil and gas organization in Illinois is promoting misinformation in schools.  A 1996 video, produced by oil and gas lobbyists, might seem like a throwback to a bygone era. But in fact, an Illinois nonprofit run by fossil fuel interests is still facilitating public education campaigns, involving  in-school presentations, classroom materials, teacher workshops, and even the museum theater where I watched this video, to ensure the next generation learns that oil is, like, neat.

Texas Board of Education Urged to Reject Climate-Accurate Textbooks: Republican state official pans scientific consensus as a “woke environmental agenda.” The Texas Board of Education could vote as early as Tuesday on whether it will recommend school districts to use a batch of new science textbooks, which include accurate descriptions of the causes and effects of climate change. While recommendations by the Republican-dominated board do not carry legal weight, they have an outsized influence on the educational priorities in Texas and can have rippling effects in other school districts nationwide.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals Oil companies used to run this town. Now they’re back to mine for lithium: Fossil fuel companies like ExxonMobil are looking at rural communities to mine for critical minerals, raising familiar hopes and fears. ExxonMobil, Schlumberger, Occidental Petroleum and Equinor are exploring whether their core skills of pumping, processing and reinjecting underground fluids such as oil and water could be deployed to process lithium from unconventional brine resources, helping to ease forecast shortages of a material expected to be vital for the energy transition.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Leaked German War Plans Reveal ‘WWIII’ Potential; NATO Begins War Drills: Europe is preparing for Russian President Vladimir Putin to expand his country’s war in Ukraine and attack NATO ally countries next year, leaked documents published in German newspaper Bild reveal. According to the outlet — which obtained the classified military information from the German Ministry of Defense, the country’s armed forces are gearing up for a “hybrid” Russian attack in Eastern Europe. The newspaper detailed how multiple potential alarming scenarios could unfold in the months ahead.

Israel Proposes 2-Month Ceasefire in Exchange for Remaining Hostages: Israel has given Hamas a proposal through Qatari and Egyptian mediators that includes up to two months of a pause in the fighting as part of a multi-phase deal that would include the release of all remaining hostages held in Gaza, two Israeli officials said.

# Gov / Politics
A Critical Week for Border-Ukraine Dealmakers: Senate negotiators say they are closing in on a high-stakes and politically thorny package of border security measures and emergency foreign aid, but some high hurdles remain, including some key questions about the spending that a deal would entail.

Jared Woodfill’s alleged involvement in providing a Southern Baptist leader, who’s been accused of rape, with potential victims: Woodfill has been endorsed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Gov. Greg Abbott.
The newly-unearthed email shows that Woodfill continued to furnish Pressler with young aides until at least 2017, 13 years after he was first warned that Pressler was a sexual predator, and less than a year after he was made aware of new sexual misconduct allegations.

The U.S., Egypt, and Qatar have come up with a real plan for ending the war in Gaza—and it could actually work, if Israel and Hamas agree to it. Fred Kaplan examines why Netanyahu is resistant, and the role Biden might still be able to play in getting him to accept the proposal.

Meet the Two Competing Groups of Conspiracy Theorists Claiming to Lead the Michigan Republican Party: Maybe–state Chair Kristina Karamo is in hot water for giving too much money to the star of Sound of Freedom, among other things. Her opponents, for the record, are also weird.

Ron DeSantis Vows To Veto Florida Bill That Would Help Trump: The threat comes one day after the Florida governor ended his presidential campaign. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) indicated he would veto a bill that would give up to $5 million in taxpayer money to Donald Trump to help pay his extensive legal fees.

Trump Tries to End the GOP Primary Before It Even Starts: As voters finally head to the polls on Tuesday, Donald Trump and his team are as confident as ever that they can snuff that flame out—putting an end to the primary competition before it can even start.

“Mistakes Are Unfortunate”: Virginia officials unearth 4,000 missing votes from 2020 that ‘shorted’ Biden – who won the state by 500K from Trump. Roughly 4,000 missing votes from the 2020 election in Virginia have been found. The findings revealed that President Joe Biden was ‘shorted’ 1,648 votes and that Donald Trump improperly received an extra 2,327. Biden went on to win the state by nearly half a million votes against Trump

Arizona GOP chair attempted to offer money to Kari Lake to stay out of Senate race, in recording Jeff DeWit allegedly made the offer to Lake in March 2023: An audio recording obtained by DailyMail.com reveals the extraordinary moment when what appears to be Arizona’s top Republican official tried to bribe populist firebrand Kari Lake not to run in the state’s Senate race. Jeff DeWit, 51, chair of the Arizona Republican Party, can be heard asking Lake, a close ally of Donald Trump, to name her price to stay out of politics for two years. ‘There are very powerful people who want to keep you out,’ he tells her in a conversation recorded at the start of March last year.

# Legal / DOJ
Something stinks in the Supreme Court, and it’s not just because the pair of cases it’s considering are ostensibly about fish! It’s more that the court has once again cooked up a fake case that would allow it to tear down major precedent. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in a pair of cases designed to hobble federal agencies that interpret and enforce the law, a step that will seize significant power from the executive branch.

Kevin Morris invoked attorney privilege at least 17 times to avoid questions about Hunter Biden Morris loaned Hunter Biden at least $5 million and purchased over $800K worth of artwork to keep the first son afloat during his father’s presidential campaign.

# Medical / Health
Roe anniversary sparks calls for restoring federal right to abortion: Progressive advocacy groups, medical professionals, and elected officials across the United States renewed demands for federal action to restore and expand nationwide abortion rights, the 51st anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling.

Infections and falls increased in private equity-owned hospitals: After hospitals were purchased by private equity firms, patients had a substantial increase in infections, falls, and other adverse events. Previous research from a team led by Dr. Zirui Song from Harvard Medical School found that, on average, private equity acquisitions of hospitals lead to increased costs for society. However, the impact of private equity on the quality of medical care hasn’t been clear. To help measure this potential impact, Song’s team looked at hospital-acquired conditions. These are health problems acquired during a hospital stay that a person did not have beforehand. They can include infections, blood clots, falls, and other adverse events.

# Military / DOD
The Pentagon did not properly track $1 billion worth of military equipment sent to Ukraine, according to a watchdog report. The report from the Pentagon Inspector General says that while the Defense Department has improved its ability to track military aid sent to Ukraine, it “did not fully comply” with requirements and much of the equipment sent is “delinquent,” meaning it’s not possible to complete an inventory of everything sent.

New Spin on a Revolving Door: Pentagon Officials Turned Venture Capitalists: The high-stakes world of Pentagon lobbying is being altered by the rise of defense technology startups. Retiring generals and departing top Pentagon officials once migrated regularly to the big established weapons makers like Lockheed Martin and Boeing. Now they are increasingly flocking to venture capital firms that have collectively pumped billions of dollars into Silicon Valley-style startups offering the Pentagon new war-fighting tools like autonomous killer drones, hypersonic jets and space surveillance equipment.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-01-22

Voices, The Peoples News

January 22, 2024
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Dave Rubin: Illegal migrants get privileges ‘our own citizens don’t even have’: ‘The Rubin Report’ host Dave Rubin talks about TSA’s impact on illegal immigration and Dr. Jordan Peterson’s latest battle on ‘One Nation.’

Shelby Park in Eagle Pass, Texas, has turned into a battleground in an escalating legal fight between the Biden administration and Gov. Greg Abbott. A park on the Rio Grande is the new focus of a long battle over border enforcement that’s reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

# Corporations / Industry
The Oligarch Exemption For New Business Disclosure Rules: After a multimillion-dollar lobbying blitz, Wall Street firms got themselves exempted from anti-money-laundering requirements being imposed on small businesses.  The law requires businesses to report information into an online Beneficial Ownership Secure System (BOSS), administered by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the U.S. Department of Treasury.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
COVID Vaccines Could Trigger Vasculitis, Damaging Multiple Organs: As of Sept 23, 2021, more than 83 million vaccine doses were administered in Italy, with approximately a fifth of recipients receiving ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine.2 Here, we report three cases of cutaneous vasculitis developing in previously healthy individuals shortly after vaccination with ChAdOx1 nCoV-19.

Regulatory death march: As the avian flu crosses the species barrier and targets animals and humans, a gene editing solution is in focus. Here’s why it’s unlikely US regulators will embrace the moment: Avian influenza is surging again, but with an even deadlier twist: the scourge that has led to hundreds of millions of bird deaths since it was first documented in the 19th century may soon pose a COVID-like threat to humans.

WHO director calls for world pandemic treaty to prepare for Disease X: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus has called on countries to sign on to the health organization’s pandemic treaty so the world can prepare for “Disease X.” Ghebreyesus told the World Economic Forum that he hoped countries would reach a pandemic agreement by May to address this ‘common enemy’

Federal secrets spill on COVID origins amid rodent research on risks of lab mods, vax in pregnancy: Fauci advisor who said he used Gmail to avoid FOIA allegedly denies bad behavior in congressional interview. “Autism-like behavior” observed in male rats whose pregnant mothers were given Pfizer COVID vaccine.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Social Security in Crisis; Massive Cuts Coming Without Congressional Intervention: Social Security beneficiaries face the possibility of an across-the board benefit cut of at least 20% in the next decade, due to a looming funding shortfall the program faces. That can be changed if Congress decides to act before the projected 2034 depletion date for the program’s combined funds.

Not touching Social Security could lead to 20% benefit cut within a decade: President Joe Biden and House Republicans have promised not to touch Social Security in their battle over cutting spending to address the nation’s debt ceiling crisis. While that vow is intended to indicate support of the popular entitlement program, it could actually lead to financial disaster.

# Education / Schools
Amid Gaza Protests, Universities Are Cracking Down on a Celebrated Protest Tactic: Sit-ins. On college campuses around the country, administrators are responding to peaceful sit-ins with sanctions and criminal charges. It was part of a wave of activism around Israel’s siege of Gaza on university campuses around the country, and it ended in increasingly typical fashion: Campus police arrested 57 of the demonstrators for trespassing because they remained in the university’s Whitmore Administration Building after it had closed

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals
Biden Still Hasn’t Appointed Anyone to Clean Up America’s Toxic Coal Crisis: The coal industry has profited from pollution, and they’d like taxpayers to pay for the cleanup. The office that’s supposed to tackle this still doesn’t have a director. Staring down the barrel of a tough reelection fight, the White House still has not selected a nominee to lead the Department of Interior office charged with cleaning up this country’s festering stock of toxic old coal mines.

I Had A Job On The Keystone XL Pipeline Until Biden Fired Me To Satisfy Climate Extremists: Three years ago, Biden shut the Keystone XL pipeline to hurt US energy production

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure
The Culture War Tearing American Environmentalism Apart: In Minneapolis, the housing shortage has fractured the green community. In Minneapolis, the green community has fractured as a wide array of self-described environmentalists find that they don’t agree on very much anymore.

The EPA Is Backing Down From Environmental Justice Cases Nationwide: The agency has pumped the brakes on Civil Rights Act investigations out of apparent fear that a Louisiana challenge could make it to the Supreme Court. The infamous 85-mile stretch between Baton Rouge and New Orleans is one of the nation’s most polluted corners; residents here have spent decades fighting for clean air and water.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Technology
How the FDA decimated the entire biotech sector of genetically engineered animals — and what needs to be done to revive it: Unscientific regulatory barriers are blocking its potential. If approved by regulators, the new strain would be one of only a handful of genetically engineered food animals in the world, compared to scores of important genetically engineered drugs.

# General News
Huge Boeing Scandal Behind Alaska Airlines Catastrophe: Cub Reporter Reveals Systemic Corruption Behind a Near Disaster. A compelling story about corrupt Washington dealings that needlessly put you and your family at risk of death if you board a Boeing 737 Max 9 jetliner broke last week. This story may come as a surprise because, shockingly, it hasn’t gained any traction with our best and biggest mainstream news organizations.

# Gov / Politics / Global
North Korea said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his willingness to visit the North at an unspecified “early date” as the countries continue to align in the face of their separate, intensifying confrontations with the United States.

Russian society has generated a strong immune system not to be disturbed by what it silently supports: the ongoing murder of Ukrainians, the elimination of the Ukrainian culture and identity, and the total destruction of the Ukrainians’ land, their sovereignty, and their homes

# Gov / Politics
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ended his presidential campaign on Sunday, two days before the New Hampshire primary in which polling showed he was likely to come in a distant third behind former President Donald Trump and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Endorses Trump

Trump to remain on Washington ballot after judge tosses 14th Amendment challenge: The case is one of a series of challenges to Trump’s appearance on both primary and general ballots contending that his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol Riot disqualified him under the Amendment’s “insurrection” provision.

Behind AOC’s Tortured Decision to Endorse Bernie Sanders: After his heart attack in 2019, the Vermont senator’s presidential bid was in dire need of a boost from a young star. But, as Hunter Walker and Luppe B. Luppen recount in an excerpt of The Truce, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had some serious hang-ups.

A divided Congress is about to let poor families fall off a hunger cliff: If lawmakers don’t shore up a $1 billion shortfall, the most vulnerable families could lose nutrition assistance benefits this year. Participants in the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children, known as WIC, may be put onto waiting lists, or could lose their benefits altogether.

House GOP Already Considering A Future Without Johnson: Speaker Mike Johnson is beset with political challenges: At least two conservative lawmakers have begun threatening his job. The former acting speaker trashed Johnson’s performance this week. A border-policy showdown with the Senate and White House draws nearer every day. And then there’s the problem of the 2024 campaign.

Sanders, “If Netanyahu Says No to Palestinian State, US Must Say No to Netanyahu. There must be no more U.S. military aid to Israel to continue Netanyahu’s war,” the senator said.

Trump Delivers a Message to Democrat Voters: ‘Let’s see if an unknown congressman—nobody ever heard of this guy, let’s see how he does.’

The Unexploded Bomb In The Constitution That’s Threatening The 2024 Election: In a great historical irony, one of the least studied parts of the U.S. Constitution is poised to unleash on the country a whirlwind of political vendetta. The Supreme Court, however, may still block such a consequence. Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, the disqualification clause, was originally designed to punish rebels of the Civil War and generally overlooked as irrelevant since.

# Law Enforcment
‘Wrong Side of History’: NYC Mayor Adams Vetoes Solitary Confinement Ban: “With this veto, the mayor has condemned New Yorkers to suffer in solitary confinement and isolation, and he did so after the cameras were turned off and backs were turned,” the bill’s sponsor said.

Families of People Killed by NYPD Brace for Eric Adams to Veto Criminal Justice Reform Bills Mayor Eric Adams publicly opposed City Council bills passed last month to beef up police accountability and ban solitary confinement.

# Legal / DOJ
Ohio Pastor Charged for Opening Church to Homeless People in Freezing Weather: “This is actual religious persecution of a Christian by the state,” said one journalist. “An actual violation of religious liberty.”
Outrage spread Friday after the story about a pastor in Ohio who was arrested and charged for opening his church to homeless people when extreme cold weather struck his town gained national attention.

Grieving mom whose daughter was raped and murdered by an MS-13 gang member files $100million lawsuit against the feds for lax policies – ‘Nobody at the border did their job and checked his background’: The suit names DHS and DHHS as defendants, and demands the sum in damages

Local Reporter Describes Election Expert Halderman Breaking Into Dominion Voting Machine and Changing Vote Totals During His Georgia Testimony | 21 Jan 2024 | After speaking with election integrity expert Garland Favorito, we discovered the courtroom display was much more serious than originally reported. J. Alex Halderman demonstrated in court how Dominion machines were hacked and altered their tabulations.

Haitian Illegal Charged With Raping Disabled Victim Released by MA Judge Despite ICE Detainer: An illegal alien from Haiti charged with raping a disabled person in Massachusetts was apprehended by immigration authorities after he was released from jail by a judge who ignored a detainer lodged by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Judge orders unsealing of divorce case involving Georgia special prosecutor: A judge on Monday ordered court records to be made public in the divorce involving a special prosecutor hired in the election case against Donald Trump and others and accused of having an affair with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. The judge said records must be unsealed in the divorce case involving Nathan  Wade https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.wbaltv.com/article/judge-orders-unsealing-of-divorce-case-involving-georgia-special-prosecutor/46490900*__;Iw!!On18fmf1aQ!3dzpKy0izijNAV95En6z8ToksWfwScOl3g37UuuQWaor2KI4XeS9DwwqD2E4Eu-uCUnXhCGqYmOmf1Fw6bZg–mA6I21URwm$

# Military / DOD
US preparing for ‘sustained’ Yemen bombing campaign: The US is preparing for a “sustained” bombing campaign in Yemen after ten days of airstrikes failed to undermine the ability of Houthi fighters to target ships in the Red Sea, citing unnamed officials.

As Houthis vow to fight on, US prepares for indefinite campaign: The Biden administration is crafting plans for a sustained military campaign targeting the Houthis in Yemen after 10 days of strikes failed to halt the group’s attacks on maritime commerce.

# Military / Global
The Houthis May Have Checkmated Biden in Red Sea Standoff: The hardened Yemeni rebel force can’t be deterred without risky and costly U.S. escalations. Gaza Strip is beginning to tip the Middle East into a wider regional conflict. In the past week, the Houthis in Yemen emerged as an unlikely power player, successfully disrupting global shipping in the name of Palestinians in Gaza and goading the U.S. into launching a series of airstrikes in a failed bid at deterrence.

Iran sending ‘steady flow’ of weapons to Yemen’s Houthis, says US: The US Deputy Ambassador to the UN warns that such lethal external interference can only fuel war and suffering. US deputy ambassador to the UN, Richard Mills, told the Security Council that such lethal external interference could only “fuel war and suffering” in Yemen, amid calls for the Iran-backed Houthis to negotiate an end to the conflict.

# Science
Scientists Will Test a Cancer-Hunting mRNA Treatment: Strand Therapeutics has figured out a way to turn the molecule on and off in certain tissues to more precisely treat tumors. Strand Therapeutics has figured out a way to turn the molecule on and off in certain tissues to more precisely treat tumors. As the first vaccines for Covid-19 rolled out at the end of 2020, messenger RNA catapulted into public awareness

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-01-21

Voices, The Peoples News

January 21, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Indigenous
Osage Nation Wins Big as Judge Rules Wind Farms on Tribal Land Must Be Dismantled: A federal judge is ordering three companies to remove more than 80 wind turbines from an Oklahoma prairie. While it may be a setback for green energy production, it’s a victory for citizens of the Osage Nation, which worked to remove the turbines from land they say is sacred.

The new material being used to build homes and the only part of the US that uses it: The Lower Sioux in Minnesota need homes, so they are building them from hemp. For now, it’s only a gaping hole in the ground, 100-by-100 feet, surrounded by farm machinery and bales of hemp on a sandy patch of earth on the Lower Sioux Indian Reservation in southwestern Minnesota. But when construction is complete next April, the Lower Sioux, also known as part of the Mdewakanton Band of Dakota will have a 20,000-square-foot manufacturing campus that will allow them to pioneer a green experiment, the first of its kind in the United States.

The biggest thief of Native wealth: Analysis: ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ is just one chapter in a much larger story: The U.S. was built on stolen lands and wealth. White settlers targeted citizens of the Osage Nation to steal their land and the riches beneath it. But from a historical perspective, this crime is just the tip of the iceberg.

A Virginia tribe says racism wiped their Native identity from historic records. Nearly a century later, they’re still fighting for recognition: While the tribe received recognition from the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2010, Hatch said federal recognition would give them authority over their ancestral land and access to additional resources offered by the government to federally recognized tribes.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Tensions Rise at US-Mexico Border Amid Migrant Arrests: The escalating crisis at the US-Mexico border in Texas has led to significant tension between state and federal authorities. Recent developments include the arrest of migrants in Eagle Pass and heightened legal disputes.

New fencing and layers of razor wire: The Texas National Guard members worked fast Thursday reinforcing fencing with concertina wire along the banks of the Rio Grande here in deep South Texas. The 12-foot-tall wire fence panels are laced with a 3-foot looping layer of concertina wire that is designed to prevents migrants from trying to climb it and illegally cross from Mexico.

Migrants can pass through TSA without ID, report reveals: “While Americans must present an acceptable form of identification to fly, or at least have their identities confirmed, TSA is permitting illegal aliens without ID to opt for an alternate identity verification process utilizing the…’CBP One’ app,”

String of retail thefts, burglaries by migrants plaguing Chicago suburb: From Oct 23 to Jan 17, a total of 47 migrants were arrested in Oak Brook, Illinois: Migrants who’ve endured a journey from South America, to the U.S.-Mexico border, to Chicago, are discovering Rosemont at increasing rates. For a few, that journey will continue a bit more: to Cook County’s Third Municipal District courthouse in Rolling Meadows. Several retail theft cases were included in Rosemont Public Safety Department reports last week outlining a rash of recent incidents involving asylum seekers at Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont.

Texas erects new border barrier as dispute with Biden administration ramps up: Texas this week erected new barriers along part of the state’s border with Mexico, blocking Border Patrol access, a court filing said on Friday, as conflict over migration escalates between the state’s Republican governor and Democratic U.S. President Joe Biden.

When Chula Vista closed a park after it became a tent city, the homeless moved to a nearby street. Now, it’s struggling to clear that area: The city is now struggling to keep Industrial Boulevard clear for pedestrians and free from the same illicit activities that had reportedly taken place at Harborside Park

# Corporations / Industry
DHS raids Chinese car parts maker’s U.S. headquarters: The Department of Homeland Security executed a search warrant last week at the Ohio-based U.S. subsidiary of Qingdao Sunsong, a Chinese automobile parts manufacturer that a congressional committee has accused of trade fraud.
“The use of transshipment to evade United States tariffs is a serious violation of U.S. law and undermines American economic and national security,” the lawmakers wrote.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Chinese lab mapped Covid and sent it to US database weeks before Beijing went public: A Chinese researcher submitted a virus sequence of COVID-19 to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) database in December 2019, two weeks before Beijing released the virus’s genome sequence, according to federal documents obtained by a House committee.

CDC Killed Alert: mRNA Vaccine’s Heart Risk: Myocarditis has been recognized as a rare complication of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) mRNA vaccinations, especially in young adult and adolescent males. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, myocarditis/pericarditis rates are ≈12.6 cases per million doses of second-dose mRNA vaccine among individuals 12 to 39 years of age.

The Masking Debate Is Settled:  An early 2023 study by the Cochrane Library, a well-respected UK-based not-for-profit that specializes in analyzing evidence in medicine and public health, found that “wearing masks in the community probably makes little or no difference” to the outcome of either influenza-like illness or Covid-19.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
House Panel Overwhelmingly Advances Bipartisan Tax Deal: Strong bipartisan showing in first test of tax deal’s support. Biden-backed bill faces time crunch with tax filing season set to begin. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 40-3 on Friday to advance a bipartisan, $78 billion plan to expand the child tax credit and restore a trio of expired or expiring business tax breaks.

# Employment / Labor
Gig Workers Score Employee Rights: Labor regulators are finally taking action on employers who have been classifying gig workers and other laborers as independent contractors, and thereby denying them benefits and protections they deserve.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals First Uranium Mines to Dig in the US in Eight Years Begin Operations Near Grand Canyon: The push for more nuclear energy and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has spiked uranium prices, leading mines for the element to begin operating again in the U.S. despite long-term environmental and health impacts.

A public health watchdog group recently revealed that companies such as Shell have been burying evidence of the dangers of benzene, a chemical that is used to make dyes, detergents, rubbers, plastics, and pharmaceuticals. According to Public Health Watch, a misinformation campaign has helped the industry avert more rigorous regulations.

# General News
Accused Fraudsters Bankrolled Star-Studded MAGA Bash: When Trump-loving youth group Turning Point USA hosted a four-day extravaganza last month featuring right-wing media’s leading lights, it did so with cash from two groups the feds say bilked millions from elderly Republicans and anti-communist émigrés from China.

House Democrat Slams Trump and Kushner Grift: “Largest presidential grift in history.”: During a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, Garcia declared that “Donald Trump and his family, especially the Kushners, participated in the largest presidential grift in history.” Garcia then proceeded to outline the evidence for this that he and his Democratic colleagues had gathered. “We have records of 24 governments funneling millions into Trump properties and into Donald Trump’s pockets while he was president, all in violation of the U.S. Constitution,” Garcia argued, referencing the Constitution’s so-called emoluments clause that bars presidents from accepting payments or titles from foreign governments. “And this is just the tip of the iceberg.”
See also: The Emoluments Clauses of the U.S. Constitution

# Gov / Politics / Global
Zelensky sends message to Donald Trump after claim he could stop war ‘within 24 hours’: Zelensky Challenges Donald Trump to Back Up His Words. The Ukrainian president made the comments during an interview with Channel 4 News which aired on Friday night (19 January). “Please, Donald Trump, I invite you to Ukraine, to Kyiv. So, if you can stop the war during 24 hours I think it will be enough to come,” he said.

# Gov / Politics
Americans Continue to Walk Away From Both Parties: In 2006, more Americans identified as independents than with either of the parties for the first time. Since then, alienation from the two parties has accelerated.

“It’s Just a Different Kind of Election”: 2024’s Lack of Suspense: The veteran political reporter reflects on covering Donald Trump’s march to the GOP nomination through Iowa and on to New Hampshire.

Donald Trump Is Privately Pressuring His Opponents to Bow Out: As New Hampshire nears, Trump is making the case to allies of Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley: As New Hampshire nears, Trump is making the case to allies of Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley, and urging Tim Scott to join the parade of senators backing him. “We hope there is an endorsement before South Carolina,” says one Trump adviser.

Donald Trump Isn’t Going Anywhere: Iowa Republicans gave Trump a blowout victory, as GOP leaders and Fox News fall in line: The Trump campaign may be a win-win for Trump, but it is a monstrous dilemma for a lot of other people. It is a dilemma for the Republican Party and a dilemma for the people Trump is running against. They would love to dismiss him as a sideshow and declare his shark jumped, except he keeps dominating the campaign and the conversation, and they have no clue whether to engage, attack, ignore or suck up in response.

Confused Trump Blames Nikki Haley for Jan 6, Crowd Falls Silent: “By the way, they never report the crowd on Jan. 6. You know Nikki Haley, Nikki Haley, Nikki Haley, you know, we offered her 10,000 people, soldiers, National Guards, whatever they want. They turned it down. They don’t want to talk about that. These are very dishonest people.”

Election results under attack: Here are the facts: A compilation of the misinformation, disinformation and many rejected legal challenges by Trump and his allies to try to overturn votes. “The systems and processes used by election officials to tabulate votes and certify official results are protected by various safeguards that help ensure the accuracy of election results.” “These safeguards include measures that help ensure tabulation systems function as intended, protect against malicious software, and enable the identification and correction of any irregularities.”

A warning from Trump to the Supreme Court if he’s not on Colorado ballot: ‘chaos, bedlam’: Warning of ”chaos and bedlam,” former President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court to put a “swift and decisive end” to efforts to disqualify him from the presidential ballot. These moves ”threaten to disenfranchise tens of millions of Americans and which promise to unleash chaos and bedlam,” he said.

Labour courts leading Republicans in readiness for Trump presidency: Labour is forging links with key Republicans in preparation for the potential return of Donald Trump to the White House. The shadow foreign secretary David Lammy has held talks with the ex-secretary of state Mike Pompeo, while the influential conservative pollster Frank Luntz hosted Labour during a visit to Washington DC last year.

# Law Enforcment
Trump’s Legal Opponent Arrested on Federal Charges: A Texas man who filed more than two dozen challenges to former President Trump’s ballot eligibility was arrested Tuesday on charges alleging he filed 17 sets of false tax documents to the IRS. John Anthony Castro was indicted last week on 33 counts of aiding the preparation of false tax returns.

Ohio Pastor Charged for Opening Church to Homeless People in Freezing Weather: “This is actual religious persecution of a Christian by the state,” said one journalist. “An actual violation of religious liberty.”

‘Alarming’ surveillance: Feds asked banks to search private transactions for terms like ‘MAGA,’ ‘Trump’: One bank allegedly handed over information to FBI ‘voluntarily and without any legal process.’ Federal investigators asked financial institutions to use search terms such as “TRUMP” and “MAGA” when combing over customer data in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) revealed Wednesday.

DEA seizes greatest amount of fentanyl in agency history in 2023: Police seize enough fentanyl in San Francisco to kill city’s entire population nearly 3 times over.  U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents in 2023 seized more than 77 million fentanyl pills and nearly 12,000 pounds of fentanyl powder – the most the DEA has ever seized in a single year

# Legal / DOJ
D.C. bar charges three lawyers who helped Trump try to overturn 2020 election: The charges are the latest in a slew of disciplinary proceedings against attorneys who aided Donald Trump’s bid to subvert the election. The new charges are the latest in a series of disciplinary proceedings filed against attorneys who directly and indirectly aided former President Donald Trump’s bid to subvert the 2020 election

Grand jury indicts Alec Baldwin in fatal shooting of cinematographer on movie set in New Mexico: A grand jury indicted Alec Baldwin on Friday on an involuntary manslaughter charge in a 2021 fatal shooting during a rehearsal on a movie set in New Mexico, reviving a dormant case against the actor.

Maine Secretary Asks Court to Rule on Trump Eligibility Ahead of Supreme Court Decision:  A Maine judge put on hold a decision on former President Donald Trump’s ballot status to allow time for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on a similar case in Colorado.

Ex-Trump attorney Joe Tacopina claims former President could be convicted by Jack Smith: When asked whether Trump will be convicted in light of the seriousness of the two federal cases, Tacopina said, “Absolutely. You have a jury of twelve who is ultimately going to decide this. Jack Smith is a federal prosecutor who I knew from his days in Brooklyn. They’re serious prosecutors.”

# Medical / Health
What to Do When Medicare Stops Paying for Skilled Nursing Care: Understanding what happens when Medicare ends its coverage for skilled nursing care is crucial for the well-being of your loved ones. In this informative guide, we’ll walk you through what Medicare covers, when the coverage ends and options for what to do.

I Miscarried in Texas. My Doctors Put Abortion Law First: Our lives do not matter. That was demonstrated yet again last month when the Texas Supreme Court ruled against Kate Cox. What is very clear to me though is that sharing the most intimate details of the horrors we face with strangers, hoping for a change, doesn’t matter. Conservative politicians running this state have shown, time and again, their utter disregard for women’s lives.

# Military / DOD
Unconditional aid to Israel is no longer the bipartisan certainty it once was as US senators begin to question Israel’s campaign in Gaza and the West Bank. The US has given about $130 billion in aid to Israel over the last 75 years. Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of US military funding

# Military / Global
Ukraine’s ‘Blackjack’ hackers breached 500 Russian military sites and caused chaos, says military intelligence: Ukrainian hacking group “Blackjack” successfully targeted Russian military sites. The mined data includes intel on Russian Army HQs, air defense installations, and weapons arsenals. Over 500 Russian military sites had their data breached, said Ukraine intelligence. “Blackjack,” a Ukrainian group of hackers with alleged ties to the country’s main spy agency, stole construction plans for over 500 Russian military sites.

# Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
Why U.S. Drug Prices Are So High: Americans pay more for prescription drugs than residents of other rich countries, but do you know why? The New York Times detailed six reasons:

  1. There is no central negotiator willing to walk away.
  2. There are no price controls.
  3. The system creates perverse incentives.
  4. The system is fragmented and complicated.
  5. Patent gaming keeps prices high longer.
  6. Drug prices are what the market will bear.


# Technology
Google DeepMind scientists in talks to leave and form AI startup: A pair of scientists at Google DeepMind, the Alphabet Inc. artificial intelligence division, have been talking with investors about forming an AI startup in Paris, according to people familiar with the conversations. Scientists Laurent Sifre and Karl Tuyls, who have already given notice to leave DeepMind, have held discussions with investors about a financing round that could raise over 200 million euros ($217.84 million), the report said. The company, known at the moment as Holistic, may be focused on building a new AI model, the report added.

Pentagon Faces Questions for Funding Top Chinese AI Scientist: U.S. lawmakers are demanding answers from the Department of Defense as to why it ignored signs that a scientist who got tens of millions of dollars in federal research grants was for years transferring potentially sensitive research on advanced artificial intelligence to China, Newsweek reports exclusively.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-01-19

Voices, The Peoples News

January 19, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Kentucky unleashes fury with bill to legalize deadly force against unhoused: A controversial bill in Kentucky aims to criminalize homelessness and expand ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws, sparking widespread criticism for its approach to a growing social issue.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Congress Passes Bill Keeping Government Open As Border, Spending Fights Rage: Measure funds federal operations into March as lawmakers work out full-year budget https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.wsj.com/politics/senate-house-cr-spending-deal-government-shutdown-4bebb74a__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1Ychi9V1eJz6OJa7EGxd4QBazayoHvI-xxc4d3bEVRWZQQ_bRMtFdvf31vnDwA1yN65_u-ItROQFeb_JmxZNuIHyIkmlIBlc$

Corporate Greed Is Driving Recent Inflation, Report Finds: A progressive think tank claims that consumers bear the brunt of high costs as corporations line their pockets. A new report by the progressive Groundwater Collective think tank claims that corporate greed is a primary driver of recent inflation. The report’s authors argue that although inflation has cooled significantly since the pandemic, consumers continue to pay high prices set by corporations to pad their own earnings.

Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act Unleashes Medicare Changes in 2024: This brief provides an overview of the Part D benefit design and Part D enrollee cost-sharing requirements in 2023 and changes coming in 2024 and 2025.

Make America mad again. Mad about the trillions of dollars taken from their paychecks: Decades of wealth transfer in America: How trillions moved from the many to the few. This is where America’s anger should be directed. The 40-year trickle-down delusion, fashioned by economists, politicians, and financial experts, has deprived average Americans of the means to support their families in a comfortable, debt-free manner.
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Wyden Slams Backroom Scheme to Cut Social Security, Medicare as Bill Clears House Committee: Fiscal Commission Bill Passed by House Budget Committee Would Fast Track Cuts to Benefits Like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals
Alaska senator vows to kill renewables bill as energy debate heats up in Juneau: The policy would set deadlines for Alaska’s electric utilities to generate a certain amount of their power from renewables. Even before Alaska’s annual legislative session gets into high gear, debate over a prominent renewable energy bill is intensifying, with a state senator vowing to block it in committee and an advocacy group hiring a lobbyist to push it forward.

Health risks from nuclear contamination in St. Louis denounced at congressional hearing: Nuclear waste in general has been “especially” harmful for communities of color. A state analysis showed that effects from radioactive waste that contaminated St. Louis’ Coldwater Creek and the surrounding area led to harmful health outcomes

New Shell Files Could Aid Climate Cases, Attorneys Say: Newly-discovered Shell documents dating back decades could help strengthen lawsuits aiming to hold the oil major to account for climate damages, climate attorneys say.

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure The decades-long fight in a community treated as a dumping ground: Kettleman City is known for its almond harvests. But it faces an array of environmental threats. It sits at the crossroads of a heavily trafficked major highway and has also contended with toxic pesticide use, air pollution and water contamination. In tiny Kettleman City, farmworkers and other residents made inroads with a civil rights agreement. But they’re still battling pollution.

Inside the decades-long fight over an Ohio Superfund site: In Uniontown, Ohio, outside of Akron, residents and officials have clashed over cleanup of the Industrial Excess Landfill. Thirty acres of desolate land stretch across the heart of Uniontown, Ohio, a vast expanse of grass, trees, and scruffy vegetation no one can use because a toxic stew of nearly one hundred deadly contaminants festers beneath its surface.

‘We’re not a dump,’ poor Alabama towns struggle under the stench of toxic landfills: Imports of waste from across the country have turned parts of the state into ‘a toilet bowl,’ and residents are fighting back. The landfill, called Big Sky Environmental, sits on the fringes of West Jefferson and is permitted to accept waste from 48 US states. It used a nearby rail spur to import sewage from New York and New Jersey. This epic fecal odyssey was completed by trucks which took on the waste and rumbled through West Jefferson – sometimes spilling dark liquid on sharp turns to the landfill.

A Mississippi city reeling from a clean water crisis sees a sudden end to trash collection: “We have all of the problems with crime, potholes, dilapidated buildings, and we are putting our effort and energy into garbage,” a restaurant owner said. Residents of Mississippi’s capital are scrambling to figure out what to do with their trash after garbage collection abruptly ended this week as contract negotiations failed between the mayor and the City Council.

EPA poised to overtake ‘deficient’ San Jacinto toxic waste pit cleanup: EPA could take over toxic cleanup of one San Jacinto River waste pit, calling company plans ‘seriously deficient’ A line of buoys marks the boundary of the northern impoundments of the San Jacinto Waste Pits just north of Interstate 10 on the San Jacinto River, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Channelview.

# General News
Trump Aims to Be ‘Messiah’ for Evangelicals: The former president has been ramping up the “spiritual” language he uses on the campaign trail. Donald Trump has in recent months been ramping up the “spiritual” language he uses on the campaign trail, casting himself as the man appointed by God to wage war on the perceived enemies of Christianity, according to author and this week’s guest on The New Abnormal, Sarah Posner.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Leading American nuclear scientist has a warning about Kim Jong Un: A leading US nuclear scientist and North Korea observer is issuing a stark warning that Kim Jong Un could be prepared to wage a war.

# Gov / Politics
Trump’s Running for Dictator. What’s Haley Running for? Her confident performances have made her the most formidable Republican challenger to Donald Trump. But the more you listen to her, the mushier her message is.

A Trump dictatorship is increasingly inevitable. We should stop pretending: The magical-thinking phase is ending. Barring some miracle, Trump will soon be the presumptive Republican nominee for president. When that happens, there will be a swift and dramatic shift in the political power dynamic, in his favor. Trump will not be contained by the courts or the rule of law. If Trump does win the election, he will immediately become the most powerful person ever to hold that office. He will do so with the fewest constraints of any president, fewer even than in his own first term.

White House Requests “Unprecedented” Loophole That Would Obscure Arms Sales to Israel: Picking up White House language, the Senate supplemental bill would conceal weapons sales from Congress and the American people. As part of $3. 5 billion earmarked for Foreign Military Financing (FMF) funding for Israel, the executive branch sought permission to unilaterally blanket-approve the future sale of military equipment and weapons—like ballistic missiles and artillery ammunition — to Israel without notifying Congress.

UPenn, Which Hosts Biden’s Think Tank, Sees Chinese Donations Soar, Including From CCP-linked Sources: The University of Pennsylvania, home to Biden’s think tank, recently tripled its donations from China over its previous gift-reporting period https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://nypost.com/2023/01/11/penn-biden-center-is-dark-money-nightmare-patronage-mill/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!1Ychi9V1eJz6OJa7EGxd4QBazayoHvI-xxc4d3bEVRWZQQ_bRMtFdvf31vnDwA1yN65_u-ItROQFeb_JmxZNuIHyIiUsOmn3$

Biden Says U.S. Will Continue to Bomb Yemen Even Though Strikes Have Not Stopped Houthi Attacks: U.S. forces on Thursday conducted a fifth strike against Iranian-backed Houthi rebel military sites in Yemen as President Joe Biden acknowledged that the American and British bombardment had yet to stop the militants’ attacks on vessels in the Red Sea that have disrupted global shipping.

How New Jersey College Democrats Were Threatened Over a Primary Endorsement: New Jersey College Democrats wanted to endorse Andy Kim. Then they began receiving a series of intimidating calls. In a series of calls over several hours, Magee reportedly warned against the endorsement, suggesting that it could threaten funding and future job prospects for leaders of the College Democrats

Oklahoma Republican Introduces Shortest, Most Racist Bill You’ve Ever Read: An Oklahoma bill is sparking outrage for including all Hispanic people in its definition of “terrorists.” The bill is clearly intended to target a wide range of people of Hispanic or Latino descent, including Afrolatino people. Police and prosecutors are far more likely to deem Black and Latino people gang members than white people, meaning that people of color are more likely to have been accused or convicted of something considered terrorism.

# Legal / DOJ
New Trump Deposition Video Could Screw Him Over in E. Jean Carroll Trial: A Trump deposition video for one legal case is coming back to haunt him in another one. In a video deposition made public Friday by the New York Attorney General’s Office, the 2024 presidential candidate claimed that he only became president the first time because of the “brand,” and that, according to him, he should have tacked even more onto his bank statements—statements that New York courts have already deemed overinflated and fraudulent.

# Medical / Health
Moody is warning Floridians and Americans about another illicit drug on the market: fake Xanax, known as “benzo dope. In an alert, she said there’s an increase in the number of deaths nationwide from bromazolam, a potent benzodiazepine, which is reportedly being mixed with illicit fentanyl, she said. “It is imperative that Floridians understand how dangerous bromazolam is on its own,” Moody said. “It is also reportedly mixed with fentanyl, leading to adverse health conditions, overdoses and even deaths – including here in Florida. Please, never use an illicit substance. Just one pill can kill.”

# Military / Global
North Korea Tests Underwater Nuke Drone to Deter U.S: The country’s Defense Ministry vowed to “strike horror” into the hearts of America and its allies. Pyongyang promises to deter ‘hostile military manoeuvres’ after US, South Korea and Japan conduct naval exercises.

North Korea Unveils New Missile Designed for US Mainland Strike: The Hwasong-18 is The North’s only known solid-fuel ICBM and it’s designed to strike the mainland U.S. In recent days, North Korea has also been escalating its warlike, inflammatory rhetoric against its foes.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-01-18

Voices, The Peoples News

January 18, 2024
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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# Indigenous
Tribe sues to force US Army to hand over remains of 2 children: Another Native American tribe is demanding answers for the deaths of tribal children more than 100 years ago at a federally run boarding school for Indigenous students. The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Army, seeking the return of the remains of two children who died at the infamous Carlisle Indian Industrial School.

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
Fifth Circuit to hear Texas marine barrier case: The full Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has agreed to hear the case over Texas’ marine barriers seven months and multiple court rulings after the Biden administration first sued last July

The Trumpiest Federal Appeals Court Did Something Truly Beyond the Pale: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has directed the state’s National Guard to block Border Patrol agents from doing their jobs, and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (the Trumpiest federal appeals court) cleared the way for him to do so.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Looming crisis: Millions at risk as WIC funding hangs in balance: With a crucial funding deadline looming, the fate of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) hangs in the balance, threatening vital aid for millions.

# Employment / Labor
A Death at Walmart: Janikka Perry never made it home from her shift at the bakery of a supercenter in Arkansas. She was one of many Walmart workers who have been pressured to work through illness or pain, sometimes with devastating consequences.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals
Biden protected the lands surrounding the Grand Canyon. Uranium mining is happening there anyway: There’s a long, nasty history of uranium mining on Native lands but the company says this time is different. On December 21, Energy Fuels Resources announced it had started mining uranium at Pinyon Plain Mine, which lies within the borders of the national monument and has lain dormant until now. The company’s decision was influenced by favorable federal policies supporting nuclear energy, high prices for uranium ore, and greater demand for domestic nuclear fuel.

BLM plan aims to dramatically expand Western solar: BLM released a proposed update to its Western Solar Plan, adopted during the Obama administration in 2012, that would add 5.4 million acres in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington state and Wyoming to the list of federal lands that the bureau has evaluated and deemed suitable for commercial-scale solar development

What If the Clean Energy Transition Costs Much Less Than We’ve Been Told? Talk about astronomical costs of a sustainable economy is leaving out some of the savings of using fewer fossil fuels, according to a new analysis. The global transition to clean energy has a cost, but it may be a lot lower than the figures that sometimes get thrown around. The differences are large, amounting to trillions and even tens of trillions of dollars.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals / Global Venezuela says it’s moving ahead with plans to take over territory in Guyana to annex oil:  Venezuela claims to be moving ahead with plans to take over a huge oil-rich territory in neighboring Guyana. The threats have drawn international concern. The U.S. announced joint military flight drills there. Brazil is reinforcing its northern border. And the U.N. Security Council is meeting about it today.

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure Trawling boats are hauling up ancient carbon from the ocean depths: The world’s trawlers are stirring carbon dioxide into the water and into the atmosphere. Scouring the ocean floor for shrimp, cod and other seafood is releasing up to 370 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year, according to a new study.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Technology Most uses of controversial pesticide are now prohibited in Oregon: Oregon’s Department of Agriculture began phasing out the use of chlorpyrifos in 2020. Now, the state will ban most of its uses this month, with some exceptions.

# Food Recalls / Alerts
Recently harvested oysters from Mexico may be giving Norovirus to California consumers: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning restaurants and food retailers in California that have recently purchased oysters from Sociedad Acuicola GolPac (MX 06 SP) harvested from Bahia Salina, Sonora, Mexico on 12/18/2023 or 12/27/2023.

Spinach recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination: Selinsgrove, PA-based BrightFarms has announced the recall of spinach grown by its supplier Element Farms in their Pompton Plains, New Jersey farm and distributed under the BrightFarms brand because the spinach has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

# General News
This Dem’s Cash Connection to the Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal: The Catholic bishops of New York sold a lucrative insurance business they controlled and stored the proceeds in a foundation they also administer, keeping billions out of the reach of survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Locals Shut Out of Billionaires’ Unveiling of New City Plans: Billionaire Backers of New California City Seek Voter Approval After Stealthily Snapping up Farmland. After years of secretly snapping up property for plans to build a new California city, a company backed by Silicon Valley billionaires is taking the pitch to voters

Is East Palestine safe? Depends on who you ask: As the one-year anniversary of a toxic train derailment approaches, residents of East Palestine, Ohio, disagree if it’s safe to live there.

# Gov / Politics / Global
The Ukraine War Has Become a Peripheral Concern for the West: What seemed to be the start of a Third World War has turned out to be more akin to a Second Yugoslav War: a local conflict on the edge of Europe triggered by a slow-motion imperial collapse.

# Gov / Politics
Blinken Stranded After Davos By Boeing, His Old Client: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was reportedly stranded in Switzerland on Wednesday after attending the World Economic Forum, thanks to a malfunctioning aircraft from Boeing — his former corporate client.

Don’t Normalize Donald Trump: Will voters view Joe Biden’s advanced age as negatively as they do Trump’s greed and dishonesty?

Trump wins over GOP senators: With Senator Ted Cruz’s endorsement of former President Donald Trump on Tuesday, more than half of the 49 Republicans in the Senate now formally support Trump’s presidential bid. Despite the outright antagonistic relationship between the former president and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican senators have increasingly fallen in line behind Trump’s campaign.

The conservative supermajority on the U.S. Supreme Court appeared ready to overturn another major decades-old precedent when it heard arguments in two cases about fishing regulations, which could hobble the ability of federal agencies to set regulations.

Scott Ritter: How the US misleads the world about its involvement in Yemen: While Washington maintains that the strikes on Houthi installations are defensive and fully legal, neither is the case

Frustrations Between Biden And Israeli PM Netanyahu Mount: Biden “running out” of patience with Bibi as Gaza war hits 100 days. “At every juncture, Netanyahu has given Biden the finger,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), who has been in close contact with U.S. officials about the war

Now that Vivek Ramaswamy is out of the presidential race, billionaire tech bros are suddenly lining up behind a new candidate, Dean Phillips, who’s making a long-shot bid to challenge Biden for the Democratic nomination. Huh? Why Are Tech Bros Suddenly Lining Up Behind Long-Shot Democrat Dean Phillips?

For more than a month, government operations in the tiny town of Gunter have been in a state of paralysis after its entire city council quit back in December. The departures followed public disagreements over a proposed railway development that officials approved without public input.

Johnson Sticks to Hard Line as Biden Presses for a Deal on Ukraine and Border: President Joe Biden met with congressional leaders at the White House on Wednesday afternoon to press for a $110 billion national security supplemental spending package including additional support for Ukraine and Israel. Johnson reiterated that the border must be secured before more aid could go to Ukraine. “I’m going to tell the president what I’m telling all of you, what we’ve told the American people: border, border, border,” he said. “We have to secure our own border before we talk about doing anything else.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders forced a vote on the resolution, which would have opened the door for Congress to freeze U.S. aid to Israel: Senate voted down a resolution that would have set the stage for Congress to place conditions on U.S. military aid to Israel, quashing what has so far been the most serious effort on Capitol Hill to hold the U.S. ally to account for its brutal assault on Gaza.

‘Jailing and killing Americans’: Expert issues dire warning on Trump’s latest claim: Donald Trump’s latest pronouncement, an overnight outburst directed at the U.S. Supreme Court, claiming he is entitled to “complete and total immunity” because he was president, even if he “crossed the line,” is being seen as a dangerous and deadly threat and a harbinger of what a second Trump presidential term would mean.

Trump Is an Authoritarian. So Are Millions of Americans: It’s not how we think of our fellow-citizens, but no matter who wins in November, the impulse will be very much alive in the country. What do they want? In high school civics we were taught that “American authoritarianism” was an oxymoron. Authoritarianism was a relic of the past. America was a country founded on freedom, steeped in equality and justice, and uniquely immune to it. We now know that this story is a national fairy tale.

Shutdown Averted as Congress Passes Short-Term Spending Bill: Congress passed a short-term funding extension Thursday, averting a partial government shutdown at the end of the week after lawmakers raced the clock ahead of a key Friday deadline. The bill will now be sent to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.

# Law Enforcment
Investigation unfolds: Roger Stone accused in plot against Congress members: Capitol Police, aided by the FBI, have launched an investigation into Roger Stone, a controversial figure in American politics, following allegations of a plot to target Democratic Representatives.

Georgia Investigation Bureau Puts Fani Willis Rumor to Rest: The agency confirmed that it was not investigating the Fulton County D.A: Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is accusing the estranged wife of a special prosecutor she hired of trying to obstruct her criminal election interference case against former President Donald Trump and others by seeking to question her in the couple’s divorce proceedings.

# Legal / DOJ
The Supreme Court is about to seize way more power from Democratic presidents. Mark Joseph Stern explains how this court’s hubris is fueling a reckless race to undermine what remains of our democracy.

# Military / DOD
U.S. Bombs Yemen for Fourth Time in a Week: The U.S. military has attacked Yemen for the fourth time in a week, launching ship and submarine missile strikes on Houthi-controlled areas. The attack came a day after the Biden administration redesignated the Houthis as a global terrorist group. The strikes were launched from the Red Sea, hitting more than a dozen sites and came after a drone launched from areas controlled by the Houthis hit a US-owned vessel in the Gulf of Aden.

# Military / Global
The shocking inhumanity of Israel’s crimes in Gaza: When IOF soldiers noticed any suspicious movements through the camera fastened to their captive, they blew up the tunnel and the young man along with it.

Pakistan Launches Retaliatory Airstrikes Against Iran: Pakistan launched airstrikes against alleged militant hideouts inside Iran, killing at least nine people as it retaliated for a similar attack by Iran two days earlier and raising tensions between the neighbors at a time of escalating conflict in the region.

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Voices, The Peoples News No. 2024-01-17

Voices, The Peoples News

January 17, 2024
by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate
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This daily Voices, The Peoples News is posted through the blog function of www.MPEN-Ohio.net

# Border / Immigration / Migrants
The Biden Administration has demanded Texas authorities stop blocking federal Border Patrol agents’ full access to part of the U.S. border with Mexico in a cease and desist letter sent to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

# Covid / Pandemics / Biologicals
Children at Increased Risk of Serious Adverse Reactions to COVID-19 Shots: The study, which is awaiting peer review, found that children 12 years of age and older, who received the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna/NIAID mRNA COVID shots, are at higher risk of developing a number of adverse reactions, including anaphylactic shock, lymphadenopathy, heart inflammation, acute appendicitis, epilepsy, facial nerve palsy, convulsions and more.

# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
‘Call Your Representative!’ House Panel to Take Up Backdoor Attack on Social Security: “This commission is a poison pill designed to slash Social Security and Medicare behind closed doors,” Nancy Altman, president of Social Security Works, said in a statement ahead of Thursday’s markup. “The White House has accurately stated that such a commission is a ‘death panel for Medicare and Social Security.'” House Republicans are advancing legislation to create a commission designed to steal our Social Security and Medicare benefits behind closed doors. Call your Representative at 202-225-3121 and tell them: NO COMMISSION. NO CUTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY. NO CUTS TO MEDICARE.

Supreme Court Hears Koch-Backed Cases Designed to Unleash Deregulatory Bonanza: “Everything from the climate to consumer safety could be worse off thanks to this potential decision and the corporate lobbyists who brought us to this point.”

# Education / Schools
Texas’ school ratings remain in limbo as the state and school districts fight over how strict the grading should be: Dozens of school districts sued the Texas Education Agency last fall, claiming revisions to the state’s accountability system would hurt them.

Gov. Greg Abbott received the “largest single donation in Texas history.”: Gov. Greg Abbott received a $6 million campaign contribution last month, which his campaign is calling the “largest single donation in Texas history.” The check came from Jeff Yass, a national Republican megadonor whose priority issues include school vouchers.

# Employment / Labor
How Walmart’s Financial Services Became a Fraud Magnet: Scammers have duped consumers out of more than $1 billion by exploiting Walmart’s lax security. The company has resisted taking responsibility while breaking promises to regulators and skimping on training.

FAA launches recruitment campaign for workers with ‘severe intellectual’ disabilities, psychiatric problems and physical issues to hit woke DEI targets. The FAA is recruiting people with specific disabilities under a new diversity drive –The initiative is part of the broader “Diversity and Inclusion” plan by the agency, Critics were concerned about safety, while the FAA noted diversity’s importance

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemicals California’s Oil Country Faces an ‘Existential’ Threat. Kern County Is Betting on the Carbon Removal Industry to Save It: “We are at a very, very difficult crossroads.”

# Environment / Climate / Chemicals / Infrastructure Biden admin reverses proposal opening public lands to foreign ownership after GOP opposition: ‘NACs are a brutish vehicle to accomplish an activist political agenda,’ Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes previously told Fox News Digital

# Environment / Climate / Infrastructure / Global NASA Study: More Greenland Ice Lost Than Previously Estimated: The majority of glaciers on the landmass have retreated significantly, and icebergs are falling into the ocean at an accelerating rate. This additional ice loss has had only an indirect impact on sea levels, but could hold implications for ocean circulation in the future.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals / Technolog The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it planned to fine meat processor Mar-Jac Poultry about $213,000 following a teenager’s death at the company’s Hattiesburg, Mississippi, plant last year.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Britain pledges over $3 billion for Ukraine military aid in 2024: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has pledged to provide the Ukraine with £2.5 billion ($3.2 billion) in military funding this year during a visit to Kyiv, with the supply of long-range attack drones being a top priority.

# Gov / Politics
Who is Donald J. Trump?

Trump’s record win in Iowa: A resounding echo in American politics: Donald Trump’s victory in Iowa was not just a win, but a sweeping triumph surpassing the previous record set by Bob Dole in 1988.

Trump the terminator? Could his second presidency signal the end of American global power? In a dismally detailed Washington Post analysis, historian Robert Kagan argued that a second Trump term would feature his “deep thirst for vengeance” against what the ex-president has called the “radical Left thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our Country,” thereby launching what Kagan calls “a regime of political persecution” leading to “an irreversible descent into dictatorship.”

Congress Rushes to Avert a Shutdown as Conservatives Fume Over Plan: The Senate is set to kick off action shortly on a plan to stave off a government shutdown Friday night, extend funding for federal agencies and buy time for appropriators to write annual spending bills. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Mike Johnson unveiled the plan on Sunday night following their agreement earlier this month to set discretionary spending for fiscal year 2024 at $1.66 trillion.

Even After a Landslide Victory, Trump Supporters Claim Iowa Caucus Was Rigged: This is likely only the beginning of a campaign season obsessed with claims of election malfeasance.

Senate to vote on potential freeze to Israel aid as Democrats question conduct of war: A measure by Bernie Sanders would order a report on whether Israel had committed human rights violations. It stands little chance of passage but reflects some Democrats’ resistance to providing unfettered aid

From Donald Trump to Mike Johnson, Chip Roy is a thorn in the Republican Party: Roy toyed with ousting the House speaker over a government spending deal and has antagonized MAGA world with his resistance to Trump. U.S. Rep. Chip Roy has caused divisions within the Republican Party by opposing key Trump policies and threatening to oust the House speaker.

Here’s how Trump won in Iowa, and why the caucuses were practically over before they began: In some ways, Iowa’s Republican caucuses were practically over before they even started, with Donald Trump cultivating a deep network of support over three presidential runs.

The Senate rejected a proposal by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), requiring the State Department to produce a human rights report on Israel’s policies, including its war in Gaza, amid pressure for a change in Washington’s approach in the Middle East.  The Senate roundly rejected a proposal requiring the State Department to produce a human rights report on Israel’s policies, including its controversial U.S.-backed offensive in Gaza,  the highest-profile response by lawmakers so far to mounting public pressure for a change in Washington’s

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blasted Republicans over a report that GOP governors in 15 states are shunning a new federally-funded food assistance program for hungry kids in the summer. “What is wrong with these people?” she asked.

Networks Call Iowa For Trump While Voters Are Still Caucusing: Iowa Republicans braved the bitter cold to attend the caucuses, only for some news outlets to project Trump as the winner before some of them even had a chance to cast their votes.

Trump Makes Baffling Claim About His Own History During Rambling Iowa Victory Speech: Trump either forgot or lied about how many times he has won the Iowa caucuses. “This is the third time we’ve won, but this is the biggest win,” he said, while it was only the second time, and based on vote numbers, not the biggest.

1 good thing about the Iowa caucuses, and 3 that are really troubling: The Iowa caucuses have long been an oddity in modern-day politics but remain a place where GOP candidates can test their presidential aspirations.

Trump’s Legal Opponent Arrested on Federal Charges: Castro, 40, of Mansfield, Texas, was indicted on 33 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of a false and fraudulent return, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Leigha Simonton announced on Wednesday. Court records show the indictment was filed under seal on Jan. 3.

# Law Enforcment
Cops Probe Roger Stone‘s Assassination Threats: “The Roger Stone assassination plot may seem like the ravings of a wannabe gangster. It’s not,” Rep. Swalwell said. Police Don’t Appear to Think Roger Stone’s Assassination Threats Were Just a Joke. The loyal Trump adviser is under police investigation yet again.

# Legal / DOJ
Judge Threatens To Kick Trump Out Of Courtroom: ‘You Just Can’t Control Yourself’: Trump was reportedly making comments while witnesses were testifying. The comments included “It is a witch hunt,” and “it really is a con job,” according to CNN. Judge Lewis Kaplan told Trump he could be removed from the courtroom if he didn’t stop making comments.

SCOTUS Case Secretly Backed by Conservative Billionaire: The case could have wide-reaching consequences for government regulation. Thomas has attended at least two Koch donor summits, putting him in the extraordinary position of having helped a political network that has brought multiple cases before the Supreme Court.

ICJ examines allegations of genocide in Gaza: South Africa’s accusations and Israel’s defense: In a groundbreaking legal battle at the International Court of Justice, South Africa accuses Israel of genocide in Gaza. Israel defends, citing self-defense and challenging the court’s jurisdiction.

In First Vote On Gaza War, Senate Shields Israel From Human Rights Scrutiny: On Tuesday, the Senate considered the first legislation in Congress to question Israel’s devastating U.S.-backed offensive in Gaza, and voted 72-11 to kill it. The Senate roundly rejected a proposal requiring the State Department to produce a human rights report on Israel’s policies, including its controversial U.S.-backed offensive in Gaza, the highest-profile response by lawmakers so far to mounting public pressure for a change in Washington’s approach in the Middle East.

Trump Co-Defendant Loses Lawyer After Reportedly Not Paying Him: In the ongoing racketeering case in Georgia involving former President Donald Trump and his associates, one defendant, Trevian Kutti, finds herself without legal representation after her attorneys withdrew, reportedly due to nonpayment and lack of cooperation. Kutti, a former publicist for celebrities such as Kanye West, is one of more than a dozen defendants accused of conspiring to reverse Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral win in Georgia.

# LGBTQ / Gender
Man Allegedly Beaten and Run Over for Presenting as Female: Marcos Lugo, 43, was the victim of a hate crime, his sister believes: A gender-fluid Phoenix man was chased and pistol-whipped by an unidentified couple who ran over him with their truck after he collapsed to the pavement, according to the Arizona Republic. Marcos Lugo, 43, used he/him/his pronouns but also went by the name Kitty Monroe and presented as a woman, his sister told the news outlet.

# Medical / Health
Texas Medical Board asked to issue guidance on state abortion laws: Two lawyers filed a petition Tuesday that asks the board to clarify what counts as a medical exception to the state’s abortion laws. “The downside risks of performing (an abortion) in an uncertain world are, you can lose everything, including your freedom, for 99 years,” Steve Bresnen said.

# Medical Science
‘Stop this now!’ China warned over tests on mutant Covid strain with ‘100% fatality rate’: Chinese lab crafts mutant COVID-19 strain with 100% kill rate in ‘humanized’ mice: ‘Surprisingly’ rapid death. The deadly virus is a mutated version of GX/2017, a coronavirus cousin that was reportedly discovered in Malaysian pangolins in 2017, three years before the pandemic. Pangolins, also called scaly anteaters, are mammals found in warm areas of the planet.

# Military / Global
Houthi attacks continue following multinational strike in Yemen: Houthi militants are continuing attacks in the Red Sea in spite of a joint U.S.-U.K. strike on a dozen targets in Yemen on Thursday, a senior Pentagon official told reporters

Houthi rebels vow retaliation after US and UK air strikes in Yemen:
Yemen’s Houthi rebels vowed fierce retaliation Friday for American and British strikes against them, further raising the prospect of a wider conflict in a region already beset by Israel’s war in Gaza. U.S. officials said the strikes were not intended to widen the war in Gaza, despite Houthi claims that their missile and drone attacks in the Red Sea were designed to target Israeli-affiliated shipping.

Turkey launches airstrikes against Kurdish militants in Iraq and Syria after 9 soldiers were killed: Turkey carried out airstrikes targeting Kurdish militants in neighboring Iraq and Syria on Saturday, the Turkish Defense Ministry said, coming a day after an attack on a Turkish military base in Iraq killed nine Turkish soldiers

Pakistan Condemns Iran for Attack and Violating Its Airspace; U.S. Attacks Houthis for 3rd Time: Pakistan has condemned Iran for violating its airspace and killing two children in air attacks, less than a day after Iranian attacks in Iraqi Kurdistan killed at least four people.

# Space / NASA
20 Years After Landing: How NASA’s Twin Rovers Changed Mars Science: The golf cart-size rovers’ mission: to look for evidence that water once flowed on the Red Planet’s surface. Their findings would rewrite science textbooks, including Opportunity’s discovery soon after landing of the famous “blueberries,” spherical pebbles of the mineral hematite that had formed in acidic water.

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