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

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January 31, 2024
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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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