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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