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A new whistleblower is taking on Menlo Park-based Facebook just a couple weeks after Frances Haugen testified to members of Congress that the tech giant chooses profit over safety. video...

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

Donald Trump, the twice-impeached former president, on Thursday issued what is being called a "chilling" statement on the election and the insurrection he incited. "The insurrection took place on November 3, Election Day. January 6 was the Protest!" Trump said in a statement released Thursday afternoon. Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh simply and clearly calls it an "act of war." more...

Susan J. Demas, Michigan Advance

Michigan Senate Oversight Committee Chair Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) was on a call with hundreds of GOP lawmakers days before the Jan. 6 insurrection with President Donald Trump and his legal advisers, the Washington Post reported Saturday.

Trump was on the call along lawyers John Eastman — who wrote a memo outlining how Vice President Mike Pence could disregard the 2020 Electoral College vote and install Trump for another term — and Rudy Giuliani, who Michigan House Republicans allowed to lead a long post-election hearing airing myriad baseless right-wing election conspiracy theories. more...

Andrea Hsu

For 33 years, Karl Bohnak worked at his dream job delivering weather forecasts on TV for what he considers one of the most challenging but beautiful spots in the United States — Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He became so popular that "That's what Karl says!" became a slogan at his station in the 1990s and even inspired a song. But Bohnak's time as chief meteorologist for news station TV6 came to an abrupt end last month. He was fired after refusing to comply with the vaccine mandate imposed by his station's corporate owner, Gray Television. more...

By Xander Landen

The editorial board of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sharply criticized House Republicans Saturday after the majority of them voted against approving a criminal contempt referral against Steve Bannon, an ex-White House adviser to former President Donald Trump. "For anyone who still needs it, most Republican House members last week provided more evidence that the GOP—once the 'law-and-order' party—is now the party that coddles criminals," the editorial board wrote in a piece published Saturday afternoon. more...

Frances Haugen says chief executive has not shown any desire to shield users from the consequences of harmful content
Dan Milmo

The Facebook whistleblower whose revelations have tipped the social media giant into crisis has launched a stinging new criticism of Mark Zuckerberg, saying he has not shown any readiness to protect the public from the harm his company is causing. Frances Haugen told the Observer that Facebook’s founder and chief executive had not displayed a desire to run the company in a way that shields the public from the consequences of harmful content. more...

Kieran Press-Reynolds

Former Ku Klux Klan (KKK) leader David Duke said Tucker Carlson has "finally" started promoting the "great replacement" conspiracy theory, which is associated with white supremacy. The "great replacement" theory alleges that white people are being systematically and intentionally replaced by people of other races through mass immigration, according to Media Matters for America, a left-leaning non-profit organization that tracks right-wing media. more...

Postmaster General DeJoy faced over a dozen conflicts of interest, refused to divest from own firm
By Jon Skolnik

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy faced over a dozen conflicts of interest during his tenure due to his refusal to divest family stakes in companies tied to the policies of his own agency.

According to documents newly obtained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) via a Freedom of Information Act, Dejoy reportedly recused himself from agency decisions that might have affected the performance of his former freight transportation company XPO Logistics. However, the postmaster general opted out of divesting from the firm altogether, opening him up to a blatant conflict of interest. more...

Nihal Krishan

Former President Donald Trump's new social media platform, TRUTH Social, has been given 30 days to comply with the software's terms of license before its access is terminated. If it fails to comply, the platform may face legal action or have to rebuild from scratch. Trump Media and Technology Group, a new company started by the former president, announced Wednesday it would soon launch TRUTH Social, a new platform aiming to "stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech." The site is being built with the open-source software Mastodon. more...

Trump made his fortune slapping his name on things other people built. Apparently, not much has changed
By Brett Bachman

Before his stint as ruler of the free world, former President Donald Trump made a fortune slapping his name on buildings other people had built. Now, he's being accused of doing the same thing with his social media platform. Users who were able to access and create accounts on a beta version of Trump's "TRUTH Social" through a backdoor immediately noticed that it bore an uncanny resemblance to Mastodon, an alternative social network known for its privacy-mindedness and "free speech" values. more...

New Day

President Trump's White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah and Former Republican congressman Joe Walsh join CNN New Day to talk about the vote to hold Steve Bannon in contempt in the House of Representatives. Bannon defied a lawful subpoena to appear before the select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol. The vote passed the House, but with only 9 Republican votes. video...

Home feed promotes rightwing tweets over those from the left, internal research finds
Dan Milmo Global technology editor

Twitter has admitted it amplifies more tweets from rightwing politicians and news outlets than content from leftwing sources. The social media platform examined tweets from elected officials in seven countries – the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and Japan. It also studied whether political content from news organisations was amplified on Twitter, focusing primarily on US news sources such as Fox News, the New York Times and BuzzFeed. The study compared Twitter’s “Home” timeline – the default way its 200 million users are served tweets, in which an algorithm tailors what users see – with the traditional chronological timeline where the most recent tweets are ranked first. more...

After voting rights defeat, president expresses mounting frustration over rule that allows 41 senators to block legislation
Ed Pilkington

Joe Biden has given the strongest indication yet that he is willing to end or whittle down the Senate filibuster as a means of overcoming Republican intransigence and moving ahead with reforms to voting rights, the debt ceiling and possibly more. Speaking in Baltimore a day after Senate Republicans yet again blocked major legislation designed to secure access to the ballot box for all Americans, Biden expressed mounting frustration at the filibuster which effectively gives the conservative minority a stranglehold over large swathes of policy. “We’re going to have to move to the point where we fundamentally alter the filibuster,” the president said. more...

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) was kicked off the Jan. 6 Committee, but that hasn’t stopped him from asking agencies for whatever information they provide to the panel.
Roger Sollenberger, Sam Brodey

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) was one of the two Republicans that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) booted from the Jan. 6 Committee in July, but Donald Trump’s staunch ally appears to be using his brief association with the panel to run a shadow investigation of his own. According to two sources familiar with the situation, Banks sent letters to many of the same federal agencies that the select committee’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), has contacted for information regarding the U.S. Capitol attack. more...

“This is my neighborhood and I run this shit the way I want to,” police Capt. Javier Ortiz allegedly told a man who wanted to file an Internal Affairs complaint against him.
By MARC CAPUTO

In a police department with a history of brutality, Captain Javier Ortiz holds a special distinction as Miami’s least-fireable man with a badge, a gun and a staggering history of citizen complaints for beatings, false arrests and bullying. Over his 17 years on the job — including eight as the union president of the Fraternal Order of Police in South Florida — 49 people have complained about him to Internal Affairs as he amassed 19 official use-of-force incidents, $600,000 in lawsuit settlements and a book’s worth of terrible headlines related to his record and his racially inflammatory social media posts, many of which attacked alleged victims of police violence. more...

Kevin Johnson | USA TODAY

Attorney General Merrick Garland made no commitment to prosecute former Trump adviser Steve Bannon on contempt of Congress charges, telling a House committee Thursday that the Justice Department would "apply the facts and the law." Garland's testimony came just before the full House voted to hold the former Trump strategist in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by a select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. more...

By Annie Grayer and Zachary Cohen, CNN

(CNN) GOP Rep. Jim Banks lamented on the House floor that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi prevented him from serving on the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol on Thursday. And yet, Banks sent a letter to at least one government agency falsely claiming that he is ranking member of the committee in his signature.

Fellow Republican Liz Cheney, who serves as vice chair of the committee, called Banks out for his actions on the House floor as the House began debate on the criminal contempt referral of Steve Bannon, a Trump ally, for evading a subpoena. more...

Barbara Sprunt

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he had previously offered to change his political party affiliation to independent if he were an "embarrassment" to his Democratic colleagues. "I said, me being a moderate centrist Democrat — if that causes you a problem, let me know and I'd switch to be independent," he told Capitol Hill reporters Thursday.

He added that "no one accepted" his offer and that even if he switched parties, he would still caucus with Democrats, as does Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Maine Sen. Angus King. more...

By Paul LeBlanc, CNN

Washington (CNN) Nine House Republicans broke ranks Thursday to join all Democrats in voting to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

While Democrats didn't need any GOP votes in order to refer the criminal contempt charge to the Justice Department, these Republicans -- a majority of whom backed former President Donald Trump's January impeachment -- voted in favor of doing so: more...

NBC News

Partial remains found by authorities searching for Gabby Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie, have been confirmed to be his. video...

Allison Winter, States Newsroom

U.S. Senate Republicans blocked the advance of voting rights legislation Wednesday, the second time this year—thwarting again Democrats' attempts to pass federal protections for voters amid a slew of new state elections laws.

“When we are faced with a coordinated effort across our country to limit the freedom to vote, we must stand up and do what is right," Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who sponsored the bill, said on the Senate floor just before the party-line vote.

The Freedom to Vote Act would make Election Day a national holiday and set minimum standards each state must have for elections, including two weeks of early voting and an option for same-day voter registration. more...

Nick Evans, Ohio Capital Journal

During a traffic stop, late last month, Dayton police officers pulled Clifford Owensby from his car by the hair. Owensby, who is paraplegic, repeatedly told the officers he could not get out of the car, that he wanted them to call a supervisor, that they could hurt him by pulling him from the vehicle. They pulled him out anyway, handcuffed him, and dragged him away. more...

By Daniel Chaitin

Donald Trump, who claims he never conceded the 2020 election, establishes himself as a former president in his lawsuit against the Capitol riot committee and National Archives. The passage appears on page 11 of the complaint filed in federal court on Monday.

"Plaintiff Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States. President Trump brings this suit solely in his official capacity as a former President under the PRA, associated regulations, the Executive Order, the Declaratory Judgment Act, and the Constitution of the United States," the lawsuit states. more...

Rocio Fabbro, Salon

Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger has become something of a persona non grata within the GOP following his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump for the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. While Kinzinger hasn't shied away from speaking out against Trump and the far-right wing of his party, his fellow representatives have — and Kinzinger says he knows why: They are scared. more...

Opinion: There are matters of national security, aspects of diplomacy and other issues that must be kept secret. This is nothing like that.
EJ Montini | Arizona Republic

I’m wondering what part of “public” – as in public office – former President Donald Trump doesn’t understand. The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has requested White House records related to the insurrection, but Trump’s lawyers are trying to prevent that from happening.

They’ve filed a lawsuit against the chairman of the committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, as well as the national archivist, David Ferriero, and a bunch of others in an attempt to keep whatever happened inside the White House during the dark days leading up to Jan. 6 from being exposed. more...

Jon Ward·Chief National Correspondent | Yahoo News

The Jan. 6 House select committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to refer former Trump adviser Steve Bannon to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution in response to his refusal to cooperate with its investigation, paving the way for a full House vote on the matter, which is planned for Thursday.

“Mr. Bannon stands alone in his complete defiance of our subpoena,” said committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. “He’s chosen the path toward criminal contempt by taking this position. more...

Bryan Metzger

Alabama Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville says Former President Trump urged to protect himself on January 6 as Trump's enraged supporters made their way towards the Senate chamber.

Tuberville's retelling of the story was first reported in a profile of the senator in the Washington Post on Tuesday. President Trump mistakenly called Sen. Mike Lee of Utah on January 6, prompting him to hand his cellphone to Tuberville in the Senate chamber. Their conversation took place after Vice President Mike Pence had been evacuated, but before the rest of the senators were whisked away. more...

There were no calls made to 911 in Philadelphia, SEPTA Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel III said. "We want people ... to watch out for other riders."
By Minyvonne Burke and The Associated Press

As a woman was raped on a public transit train in Philadelphia last week, riders held up their cellphones and pointed them in the direction of the sexual assault instead of calling 911, authorities said Monday.

Officials are investigating whether some bystanders actually filmed the attack, which happened Wednesday night while the woman was on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Market-Frankford line toward the town of Upper Darby. more...

Kevin Breuninger

FBI agents are at the home of Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska, the agency confirmed Tuesday. The agents are conducting “court-authorized law enforcement activity” at Deripaska’s home in Washington, D.C., an FBI spokeswoman told CNBC.

The spokeswoman did not provide additional details about the FBI presence. Multiple agents were seen restricting access to the property, according to NBC News, which first reported the raid. more...

Taxpayers pay billions to help companies develop things and in turn business gouge taxpayers.

David Sirota

The drug in question only costs $17.74 to produce. Unfortunately, this type of behaviour is widespread in US pharma. Last week, we learned that Merck is planning to charge Americans 40 times its cost for a Covid drug whose development was subsidized by the American government. The situation spotlights two sets of facts that have gone largely unmentioned in the legislative debate over whether to let Medicare negotiate for lower drug prices.

Fact one: Americans are facing not merely expensive drugs but prices that are examples of outright profiteering. Fact two: in many cases, the medicines we are being gouged on are those that we the public already paid for. more...

By Devan Cole, CNN

(CNN) Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state whose leadership in several Republican administrations helped shape American foreign policy in the last years of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st, has died from complications from Covid-19, his family said on Facebook. He was 84.

"General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19," the Powell family wrote on Facebook. "We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American," they said, noting he was fully vaccinated. more...

The British former spy says the Russians still may hold "kompromat" on Trump.
By Matthew Mosk, Lucien Bruggeman, and Chris Donovan

Retired British spy Christopher Steele is stepping out of the shadows to discuss his so-called "Steele dossier" for the first time publicly, describing his efforts as apolitical and defending his decision to include the most explosive and criticized claims about Donald Trump contained in his controversial 2016 report.

"I stand by the work we did, the sources that we had, and the professionalism which we applied to it," Steele said in a wide-ranging exclusive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos about how he gathered his intelligence, and the life-altering events that ensued after his work and identity were made public. more...

By Eric Levenson and Dakin Andone, CNN

(CNN) Three White men accused of chasing down and killing Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man out for a jog, are set to stand trial for murder in Georgia this week in a case thick with issues of racism, self-defense and cellphone video.

Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. are charged with malice and felony murder and have pleaded not guilty. They also face charges of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. more...

School board meetings became battlegrounds during the pandemic. Now, the influence of PACs and outside groups has put a spotlight on the November election.
By Erik Ortiz

The Blue Valley School District in Johnson County, Kansas, boasts some of the top public high schools in the state. Generally, candidates for the school board sail to victory unopposed, while turnout is a meager single-digit percentage of all eligible voters. "Very sleepy, very sedate," said Andrew Van Der Laan, who is running for one of three contested seats on the school board in the Nov. 2 election.

But in past months, a school board meeting went virtual because of safety concerns after reported threats were made as dozens of people gathered to oppose the district's mask policy. A group, Mask Choice 4 Kids, has held rallies and encouraged children to wear T-shirts in support of the cause and pull down their masks in coordinated protest to "peacefully disrupt the educational system ... until kids and parents have a CHOICE to wear a mask in school." more...

Axel Springer's CEO makes clear that tenets such as support for Israel's right to exist 'apply to every employee of our company,' even if they won't have to pledge this in writing
Haaretz

Politico's new owner, Germany's Axel Springer, expects the U.S. website to adhere to the parent company's principles including support for Israel’s right to exist, Springer's CEO told The Wall Street Journal Friday. Axel Springer said in August he is was buying Politico for more than $1 billion. The chief executive of the Berlin-based company, Mathias Döpfner, has long said that support for Israel was "a German duty." more...

Officer Michael Angelo Riley was charged Friday with trying to protect someone later accused of illegally entering the Capitol during the riot.
By Pete Williams

A 25-year veteran of the U.S. Capitol Police force was charged Friday with trying to protect a man who was later accused of illegally entering the Capitol during the January 6 riot. A grand jury indictment charged Officer Michael Angelo Riley with repeatedly telling the man to delete all social media that would provide proof of entering the building that day.

“[I']m a capitol police officer who agrees with your political stance,” Riley said in a Facebook direct message, according to the indictment. “Take down the part about being in the building they are correctly investigating and everyone who was in the building is going to be charged. Just looking out!” more...

Ella Lee | USA TODAY

The claim: Joe Biden said to ‘take the guns first’ and ‘go through due process second’. Gun control has long been a contentious topic in America. But posts on social media claim some politicians have suggested particularly extreme measures. “This is the Joe Biden quote that makes me the most angry: ‘Take the guns first. Go through due process second, I like taking the guns early,’” an Oct. 5 Facebook post reads. “Good thing the NRA would never endorse anyone who would say something like that.” more...


By Jamie Gangel, CNN

(CNN) Former President Bill Clinton was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center's intensive care unit for a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream, his doctors told CNN on Thursday.
"He was admitted to the ICU for close monitoring and administered IV antibiotics and fluids. He remains at the hospital for continuous monitoring," according to a joint statement Thursday evening from Dr. Alpesh Amin, chair of medicine at UC Irvine Medical Center, and Dr. Lisa Bardack, Clinton's personal primary physician. They said that Clinton was in the ICU for privacy and safety, not because he needs intensive care. more...

By Dan Berman and Tierney Sneed, CNN

(CNN) The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that it will allow Texas' controversial new law that bars abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy to stay in force while it considers an appeal of a judge's order blocking it. The vote of the panel was 2-1. The Texas law bans abortions after fetal cardiac activity is detected, which usually happens about six weeks into a pregnancy and often before a woman knows she is pregnant. It's been the subject of heated litigation since before it took effect at the beginning of last month. more...

Co-author of "How Democracies Die" says the GOP is ready to seize power. But they might not be able to keep it
By Dean Obeidallah

It can happen here. The "it" ought to be obvious by now: an authoritarian or even fascist regime in the United States. That was a big reason why Harvard professor Steven Levitsky, along with his colleague Daniel Ziblatt, published the 2018 book "How Democracies Die." They wanted to warn Americans of the dangerous signs they saw in Donald Trump's presidency that followed the authoritarian playbook.

So where are we now in terms of our democracy? I spoke with Levitsky recently for Salon Talks, and here's one line that really stood out: Levitsky told me, "Five years ago I would have laughed you out of the room if you suggested our democracy could die." But today, he added, we see the Republican Party apparently focused on breaking our democracy. In a nutshell, Levitsky believes the threat to our democracy is more acute today than when Trump was in the White House, since the GOP is desperate to retain its fading power in the face of hostile demographic change. more...

Atahabih Germain

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Sgt. Eric M. Huxley has been hit with several felony charges and suspended after body camera video showed him kicking a handcuffed Black man in the face during an arrest in downtown Indianapolis last month.

Huxley is facing charges of misconduct and battery with moderate bodily injury after he was seen kicking 38-year-old Jermaine Vaughn in the face on Monument Circle on Sept. 24. Both offenses are level-six felonies, WTHR reported. Police released the footage on Tuesday, Oct. 12, which shows the encounter between Huxley and Vaughn. more...

Reuters

WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a key moderate, told fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives this week that she will not vote for a multitrillion-dollar package that is a top priority for President Joe Biden before Congress approves a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, according to a source briefed on the meeting. Aides for Sinema, who has the power to stop legislation from advancing in the 50-50 Senate, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. more...

Reinfections give scientists clues about how long protection lasts—and how well vaccines might perform
By Jop de Vrieze

In late June, Sanne de Jong developed nausea, shortness of breath, sore muscles, and a runny nose. At first, she thought it might be lingering effects from her COVID-19 infection in the spring. De Jong, 22, had tested positive on 17 April and suffered mild symptoms for about 2 weeks. She tested negative on 2 May—just in time to say farewell to her dying grandmother—and returned to work as a nursing intern in a hospital in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

But when her symptoms re-emerged, her doctor suggested she get tested again. "A reinfection this soon would be peculiar, but not impossible," she told De Jong, who by then had again lost her sense of smell and had abdominal pains and diarrhea. The call from her municipal health service came on 3 July. De Jong had tested positive again. "You're kidding me!" she recalls saying. more...

In his dealings with those in his immediate orbit, the former Raiders head coach long ago showed us where he thinks a Black man’s place in football should be
Andrew Lawrence

after an eight years-long email trail of his racist, homophobic and misogynistic exchanges were unearthed as part of an investigation into the Washington Football Team’s fratty workplace culture – it’s worth revisiting how the coach came to power in the Raiders organization for the second time in his gilded career.

Six years before Gruden was lured out of ESPN’s Monday Night Football booth with a 10-year, $100m carrot, the Raiders were circling the drain; in 2014, they’d win a paltry three games on the way to tying for the NFL’s third-worst record. But over the next few seasons the team slowly rebuilt itself into a contender, winning 12 games to reach the 2016 playoffs. And there was no doubt that resurgence was a credit to the shrewd work of general manager Reggie McKenzie, the former Raiders linebacker and the first person to run football operations other than owner Al Davis. more...

By Zachary Cohen, Katelyn Polantz, Ryan Nobles and Annie Grayer, CNN

(CNN) Trump ally Steve Bannon's game of chicken with the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol Hill riot is on the cusp of entering a new and critical phase Thursday as he faces his last chance to reverse course and comply with the panel's subpoena before lawmakers likely move to seek criminal charges.

Bannon's lawyer on Wednesday wrote a letter to the panel saying that his client will not provide testimony or documents until the committee reaches an agreement with former President Donald Trump over executive privilege or a court weighs in on the matter. "That is an issue between the committee and President Trump's counsel and Mr. Bannon is not required to respond at this time," attorney Robert Costello wrote.more...

Ed Mazza

A Republican group is using billboards to send a blunt message to Donald Trump and his supporters who are still pushing for election audits based on debunked claims of election fraud. “TRUMP LOST,” the billboards from Republicans for Voting Rights read. “NO MORE ‘AUDITS.’”  One billboard is in Times Square in New York: more...

Azmi Haroun

Steve Bannon's defense team sent another letter to the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the US Capitol maintaining that he and other Trump allies would not produce documents for subpoenas, citing executive privilege, ABC News reported on Wednesday.

"Mr. Bannon's position is not in defiance of your Committee's subpoena; rather, Mr. Bannon noted that President Trump's counsel stated that they were invoking executive and other privileges and therefore directed us not to produce documents or give testimony that might reveal information President Trump's counsel seeks to legally protect," Bannon's attorney, Robert J. Costello, wrote. more...

Azmi Haroun and Joseph Zeballos-Roig

All House Republicans voted against a bill on Tuesday that allowed for a two-month debt limit hike to stave off a default on the US's debt. The party-line vote was 219-206 in the House. House Republicans slammed it as a step that would unlock a wave of Democratic spending in the near future. The debt limit deals with the US's ability to pay its bills and doesn't authorize any fresh spending by Congress. more...

What can be done about Louis DeJoy's plan to permanently slow much of the nation's mail service? A large group of attorneys general has an idea.
By Steve Benen

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's plan to make some mail service "permanently slower" is not exactly popular. Paul Steidler, senior fellow at the Lexington Institute and an expert on the postal service, recently described the new U.S. Postal Service policies "disastrous," adding that mail service will be slower in the 2020s than in the 1970s. The question is what, if anything, can be done about this. As NPR reported, a sizable group of attorneys general has an idea. more...

By Joseph Choi

The Florida Department of Health on Tuesday issued a fine over $3.5 million to a county government for violating the state's ban on vaccine passports. The Leon County government was fined $3.57 million for what the Florida Department of Health called a "blatant violation of the law relating to the ban of vaccine passports in our state."

"It is unacceptable that Leon County violated Florida law, infringed on current and former employees' medical privacy, and fired loyal public servants because of their personal health decisions,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said in the announcement of the fine. more...

Dylan Stableford·Senior Writer

The Wyoming medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Gabby Petito said Tuesday that the 22-year-old’s death was caused by strangulation. Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue made the announcement during a virtual news conference.

“After a detailed investigation by our forensic pathologist, our anthropologist and local law enforcement, with assistance from the FBI, the Teton County Coroner Office is filing the following verdict in the death of Gabrielle Venora Petito. We hereby find the cause and manner of death to be: the cause, death by strangulation, and manner is homicide,” he said. more...

Former secretary of state says US is in midst of well-funded efforts to undermine American democracy
Oliver O'Connell

In a TV appearance on Monday, Hillary Clinton spoke about the prospect of Donald Trump running again for the presidency in 2024. “If he wants to be the [Republican] nominee, he will be the nominee,” the former secretary of state told the panel of ABC’s The View. Ms Clinton spoke about a range of political issues during the discussion, including saying that the US is still “in the midst of a concerted, well-funded, effort to undermine American democracy”. more...

You don’t need fake accounts to spread ampliganda online. Real people will happily do it.
By Renée DiResta

One Sunday morning in July of last year, a message from an anonymous account appeared on “Bernie or Vest,” a Discord chat server for fans of Senator Bernie Sanders. It contained an image of Shahid Buttar, the San Francisco activist challenging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the 2020 congressional runoff, and offered explicit instructions for how to elevate the hashtag #PelosiMustGo to the nationwide Trending list on Twitter. “Shahid Says…,” read the large print, “Draft some tweets with #PelosiMustGo—don’t forget to capitalize #EachWord. Don’t use more than two hashtags—otherwise you’ll be marked as spam.” The call to action urged people to start posting at noon Pacific time, attach their favorite graphics, and like and retweet other Buttar supporters’ contributions. mpre...

Eric Lutz in Benton Harbor and Erin McCormick in California

Bobbie Clay first realized something was wrong a few years ago. The water at her Benton Harbor, Michigan, home had started coming out of the tap looking “bubbly and whitish”. When she filled a glass with it, she could see matter floating around inside. “I became very concerned,” she recalled in a recent interview.

She wasn’t alone. For years, residents of this small, struggling city in south-west Michigan had been having similar problems. When Carmela Patton turned on her sink to make coffee, the water came out brown. When Emma Kinnard ran hers, it came out the color of tea and “sizzling like Alka-Seltzer”. Rasta Smith said his water looked normal, but had a “horrible” taste and a smell that reminded him of rotting sewage. “It’s bad, man,” he said. “It’s real bad.” more...

Republican’s do not believe government should tell business how to run their business unless they are the ones telling them how to run their business.

Dartunorro Clark

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday prohibiting any entity, including private businesses, from imposing Covid-19 vaccination requirements on employees or customers. "The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced," Abbott said in a statement. Abbott, a Republican, said in his order that it was prompted by the Biden administration's vaccination mandate, which he said was federal overreach. more...

"I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone," Gruden said in announcing his resignation Monday night.
By The Associated Press

Jon Gruden has resigned as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after emails he sent before being hired in 2018 contained racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments.

Gruden released a statement Monday night, saying: “I have resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.”

He stepped down after The New York Times reported that Gruden frequently used misogynistic and homophobic language directed at Commissioner Roger Goodell and others in the NFL. more...

"Saying 'one day in January' is kind of like calling 9/11 one day in September," said Fox News' Howard Kurtz
By David Edwards

A Fox News segment criticized former Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday after he referred to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol as simply "one day in January." Pence made the remarks Monday on Sean Hannity's Fox News program but it took almost a week for anyone on the network to criticize the comments. "Saying 'one day in January' is kind of like calling 9/11 one day in September," Fox News host Howard Kurtz noted on Sunday. "It was a pretty tragic day!" more...

By Jason Lemon

"Civil War" was a top trending topic on Twitter on Sunday after remarks from an attendee of former President Donald Trump's rally in Iowa were widely circulated online and by the media.

Trump held a rally at the Iowa State Fairground in Des Moines on Saturday. At the event, Trump supporter Lori Levi told MSNBC that she believes the U.S. is headed for a "civil war." Levi criticized Democrats and Republicans, saying most members of the GOP are "as weak as they possibly could be in Congress."

"They're establishment. They don't care about the American people because they're in their elite little tower," she said. "So we're just sick of it, you know, and we're not going to take it anymore. I see a civil war coming. I do. I see civil war coming." more...

Daniel Chaitin

Former Trump White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham suggested Capitol riot investigators should examine private meetings devoid of documentation to fully understand a bid for the Justice Department to challenge President Joe Biden's 2020 election victory.

On a media blitz for a new book during which she has emerged as a critic of former President Donald Trump and his administration, Grisham appeared on NBC News's Meet the Press after Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat who said a lingering mystery about the DOJ pressure campaign is "who was really behind" the scheme.

Host Chuck Todd asked Grisham if she had any idea of who was "helping sort of fund and back these crazy claims" of election fraud being pushed by Trump and his White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows. more...

Daniel Chaitin

Former President Donald Trump may not be the person who was "pulling the strings" behind a plan hinged on replacing the top Justice Department official with a loyalist willing to carry out a more aggressive strategy to challenge the results of the 2020 election, a Democratic Senate investigator admitted on Sunday.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, appeared on NBC News's Meet the Press to discuss the interim report released last week by his panel on the DOJ pressure campaign. more...

Judge Donna Scott Davenport oversees a juvenile justice system in Rutherford County, Tennessee, with a staggering history of jailing children. She said kids must face consequences, which rarely seem to apply to her or the other adults in charge.
by Meribah Knight, Nashville Public Radio, and Ken Armstrong, ProPublica

Chapter 1: “What in the World?”

Friday, April 15, 2016: Hobgood Elementary School, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Three police officers were crowded into the assistant principal’s office at Hobgood Elementary School, and Tammy Garrett, the school’s principal, had no idea what to do. One officer, wearing a tactical vest, was telling her: Go get the kids. A second officer was telling her: Don’t go get the kids. The third officer wasn’t saying anything.

Garrett knew the police had been sent to arrest some children, although exactly which children, it would turn out, was unclear to everyone, even to these officers. The names police had given the principal included four girls, now sitting in classrooms throughout the school. All four girls were Black. There was a sixth grader, two fourth graders and a third grader. The youngest was 8. On this sunny Friday afternoon in spring, she wore her hair in pigtails. more...

Martin Pengelly and agencies

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, sought to fight his way out of a corner on Friday by releasing an angry letter in which he blamed Democrats for the impasse over the debt ceiling he broke by ending a refusal to co-operate he had said was absolute.

In the letter to Joe Biden, McConnell complained about a speech in which the Democratic majority leader, Chuck Schumer, attacked Republicans for their behaviour. Lamenting Schumer’s lack of civility – which prompted angry scenes in the Senate – McConnell levelled a string of insults at his opposite number. more...

A New Orleans-based appeals court quickly granted the state’s request to set aside a suspension until the case is reviewed
Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Friday night allowed Texas to temporarily resume banning most abortions, just one day after clinics across the state began rushing to serve patients again for the first time since early September.

Abortion providers in Texas had been bracing for the 5th US court of appeals to act quickly, even as they booked new appointments and reopened their doors during a brief reprieve from the law known as Senate Bill 8, which bans abortions once cardiac activity is detected, usually around six weeks. more...

The Associated Press

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A Southern California underwater oil pipeline was likely struck by an anchor several months to a year before a leak spilled tens of thousands of gallons of crude, the U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday.

A large vessel of some kind may have struck the massive pipeline, shattering the concrete casing but not necessarily causing the slender crack from which oil spewed last weekend, said Capt. Jason Neubauer, chief of the Coast Guard's office of investigation and analysis. The longer timeline was partly based on marine growth that was spotted on the pipe in an underwater survey. more...

By David Horsey | Seattle Times cartoonist

The latest and, perhaps, last James Bond movie with Daniel Craig portraying the legendary British spy is smashing box-office records as it gets a rolling opening across the world. That pretty much guarantees that, with or without Craig, the franchise will continue into its 26th iteration.

If the Bond writing team is running out of fresh ideas for an amoral, ruthless villain who wears expensive suits, has a strange appearance and hides out in a distinctive lair, they should consider casting Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate Republican leader from Kentucky. He’s got the tailored clothes. He’s got a face that reminds many people of a turtle. And his headquarters is right inside the U.S. Capitol — a perfect place to plot global chaos. more...

Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large

(CNN) The Senate was in self-congratulatory mode on Thursday night. Eleven Republicans had just joined all 50 Democrats (and independents who caucus with Democrats) to end debate on a deal that would pay the country's debt obligations through early December -- preventing an economically catastrophic default. Senators were milling around on the chamber floor, chatting. And in that moment, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer decided to absolutely let Republicans have it. He called the possibility of defaulting on the nation's debt "Republican manufactured." Added Schumer: "Republicans played a dangerous and risky partisan game, and I am glad that their brinksmanship did not work." more...

The White House is authorizing the National Archives to turn over an initial set of documents related to Trump’s activities on Jan. 6.
By Mike Memoli

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday formally blocked an attempt by former President Donald Trump to withhold documents from Congress related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, setting up a legal showdown between the current and former presidents over executive privilege.

In a letter to the National Archives obtained by NBC News, White House Counsel Dana Remus rejected an attempt by Trump’s attorneys to withhold documents requested by the House Select Committee regarding the then-president’s activities on Jan. 6, writing that “President Biden has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interests of the United States, and therefore is not justified as to any of the documents.” more...

TMZ

Minneapolis police officers were pumped up to fire non-lethal bullets at protestors during the unrest after George Floyd's murder, and boldly talked on camera about "hunting" people out past curfew. The new body cam footage, from late May 2020, provides a shocking look at the cops' forceful response to the protests and riots in the city on the evening of May 30 into May 31. A cop is heard saying how it's a "nice change of tempo" for officers to be out actively hunting people instead of just chasing them around. Another officer replies, "F*** these people." In another clip, Minneapolis cops are enthusiastically ordered to shoot non-lethal rounds on "the first f***ers we see." more...

By Li Cohen

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed two new laws on Thursday that provide more rights for victims of sexual assault and misconduct. Both bills — one tackling "stealthing" and the other spousal rape — were introduced by Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who has been working on the laws for years.

The first law, AB 453, makes it a civil sexual battery offense for someone to engage in stealthing, or removing a condom during sex without verbal consent from their partner. The state is the first in the country to prohibit the act, according to the Associated Press. more...

By Jose Lambiet For Dailymail.com

If Dog The Bounty Hunter were to find fugitive Brian Laundrie, he wouldn't be able to arrest or detain him or he'd run the risk of being charged with kidnapping, DailyMail.com can reveal.

That's because Dog, whose real name is Duane Chapman, is not actually licensed as a bounty hunter or private investigator in Florida - or anywhere else that DailyMail.com has found - making his hunt for Laundrie potentially dicey as he's legally banned from arresting or holding anyone against their will. more...

By James Clayton

Chief executive Elon Musk announced the move at the electric carmaker's annual shareholders' meeting in Austin. Mr Musk had fallen out with local politicians in Alameda county, California, the location of a key Tesla factory, over its Covid response. He gave several reasons for the move, telling shareholders its Californian factory in Fremont was "jammed". more...

Jeff Cox

The U.S. economy created jobs at a much slower than expected pace in September, a pessimistic sign about the state of the economy though the total was held back substantially by a sharp drop in government employment.

Nonfarm payrolls rose by just 194,000 in the month, compared to the Dow Jones estimate of 500,000, the Labor Department reported Friday. The unemployment rate fell to 4.8%, better than the expectation for 5.1% and the lowest since February 2020. more...

Republicans claim cap must be lifted to pay for Biden’s economic agenda – a sign of party’s approach to once non-partisan issues
Hugo Lowell in Washington

Top Republicans in the Senate are advancing a campaign of disinformation over the debt ceiling as they seek to distort the reasons for needing to raise the nation’s borrowing cap, after they dropped their blockade on averting a US debt default in a bipartisan manner.

The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to allow the debt ceiling to be raised by $480bn through early December, which the treasury department estimates will be enough to allow the government to temporarily avert an unprecedented default on $28tn of debt obligations. more...

Scott Perry and Doug Mastriano directly contacted top law enforcement officials to reinforce baseless claims about the election. The report also questions their ties to the Jan. 6 insurrection.
by Jonathan Tamari

WASHINGTON — An investigation by U.S. Senate Democrats has singled out two Pennsylvania Republicans — U.S. Rep. Scott Perry and State Sen. Doug Mastriano — as key figures who used false and debunked theories to pressure the country’s top law enforcement officials to investigate the state’s 2020 presidential election results.

A report on its findings released Thursday urged House investigators to look more deeply into what role Perry and Mastriano may have played in fomenting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. It named them as two of three key allies of former President Donald Trump who aided his efforts to subvert the election results and have “notable” connections to the insurrection. The third Trump ally mentioned is attorney Cleta Mitchell. more...

Brian Naylor

Maybe you've noticed the birthday card that arrived belatedly or the check in the mail that didn't pay your credit card quite on time. It's not your imagination. The mail has definitely gotten less speedy. The U.S. Postal Service began slowing deliveries of first-class mail nationwide on Oct. 1.

The price of a stamp went up in August — from 55 cents to 58 cents — and additional, temporary holiday price increases for packages and other mail are now in effect. It all spells trouble for the agency, says Porter McConnell, co-founder of the Save the Post Office Coalition, an organization of progressive political and consumer groups. more...

By Justin Klawans

The editor of China's national English-language newspaper suggested Thursday that the country should use airstrikes to kill American service members stationed in Taiwan. Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the Global Times, tweeted that China should take action against American "invaders" in Taiwan after an exclusive report from the Wall Street Journal revealed that two dozen U.S. troops had been secretly stationed there helped training Taiwanese soldiers. more...

By Richard Cowan and Makini Brice

WASHINGTON, Oct 7 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate approved legislation on Thursday to temporarily raise the federal government's $28.4 trillion debt limit and avoid the risk of a historic default this month, but put off until early December a decision on a longer-lasting remedy. The Senate voted 50-48 to pass the bill following weeks of partisan fighting. Earlier, 11 Republicans voted in favor of a procedural vote allowing the bill to proceed. The Senate-passed bill now goes to the House of Representatives, which needs to approve it before President Joe Biden can sign it into law. The House will hold a vote on the bill on Tuesday, according to the office of the No. 2 House Democrat, Steny Hoyer. more...

By Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Eighteen former National Basketball Association players were charged on Thursday with defrauding the league's health and welfare benefit plan out of $3.9 million by seeking reimbursement for medical and dental work that was never performed. According to an indictment filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, players received $2.5 million in fraudulent proceeds, with 10 paying the alleged ringleader, Terrence Williams, at least $230,000 in kickbacks. more...

Teresa Roca, Nicole Chenoweth, Jessica Finn

THIS is the shocking moment Dog the Bounty Hunter is served with a $1.3million lawsuit accusing him of “racist and homophobic behavior" before and after filming his axed reality show Dog Unleashed. Exclusive footage obtained by The Sun shows the reality star as he's approached with the court documents during his search for missing fugitive Brian Laundrie in Florida.

'RACIAL EPITHETS & ILLEGAL ACTIVITY'

The suit accuses the reality star of breach of contract - and alleges Dog was fired from a canned TV show for racist outbursts and carrying an illegal Taser while filming in Virginia. Dog allegedly used the Taser to intimidate his way into someone's home, according to the suit seen by The Sun. And a plaintiff in the lawsuit alleges Dog used homophobic language. Dog has vehemently denied the allegations. more...

How many times will Trump break the law and they let him of the hook? If no one is above the law, why does Trump keep getting pass, after pass, after pass?


Ryan Lucas

An interim report from the Senate Judiciary Committee provides the most detailed look yet at former President Donald Trump's attempts to enlist the Justice Department in his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

The report from the panel's Democratic majority documents the chaotic final weeks of Trump's presidency following his loss to Joe Biden, and how Trump tried to force Justice Department officials to help him keep his grip on power. Department leaders ultimately resisted Trump's pressure, but it took threats of mass resignations across the department to get him to back down. more...

Sarah K. Burris

As part of an epic takedown of Fox News host Tucker Carlson for his COVID conspiracy theories, MSNBC host Chris Hayes nailed the host for being a coward because he won't go after his own company for the mask and vaccine mandates. Carlson, along with Laura Ingraham, have raged against the vaccine, but refuse to say whether or not they are personally vaccinated. It is likely because Fox News has one of the strictest vaccine mandates and if people aren't vaccinated, they require people to be tested daily.

When Fox and other networks were in lockdown for safety, their hosts were doing shows from their own homes to protect themselves. "The calls are coming from inside the house," said Hayes. "Tucker Carlson, who works in news, doesn't seem to care one way or the other," if a report is true, said Hayes. "Do not underestimate how many lies are being pumped into people watching these shows." more...

Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large

(CNN) Donald Trump's control of the GOP is near-total. So dominant -- and domineering -- a figure does the former President cut within the Republican Party that almost no elected official is willing to criticize even his most outlandish claims. New data from Pew makes abundantly clear why. More than 6 in 10 (63%) of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents think that the party should not be too accepting of elected officials who openly criticize Trump. Three in 10 say the party should not accept any criticism of Trump from its elected officials. more...

By Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern

On Wednesday night, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman blocked S.B. 8, Texas’ six-week abortion ban, which sought to evade judicial review by empowering bounty hunters to sue abortion providers and anyone who “abets” them. Pitman’s 113-page opinion is a rebuke to the Supreme Court’s one-paragraph, back-of-the envelope order refusing to halt the law on Sept. 1, after it had already gone into effect. Pitman, who heard lengthy oral arguments in this case last Friday, painstakingly explains why federal courts must prohibit the Texas judiciary from entertaining suits by anti-abortion vigilantes. In so doing, he answers the many “complex and novel” questions that SCOTUS found too befuddling to address last month when it declined to enjoin the law. Pitman also illuminates the rolling crisis for Texans who remain in dire need of abortion care, depicting the harrowing consequences of the ban over the last five weeks. Higher courts may well reverse Pitman’s decision, but they will have a difficult time pointing to a flaw in his meticulous and fact-based opinion. more...

By Arlette Saenz and Betsy Klein, CNN

(CNN) President Joe Biden on Wednesday is set to ramp up the pressure on Republicans as the nation's nears the deadline to raise the debt ceiling on Wednesday, as he looks to argue the GOP is putting the country at risk of a possible debt default by standing firm against raising the nation's debt limit. "The President will also reiterate the cost of any delay -- with each day of Republican obstruction and political games increasing the risk that even a near-miss default would result in more costs for middle-class families higher interest rate on auto and home loans, as well as credit cards," a White House official said. more...

Frances Haugen’s testimony that social networking company puts profit before people ‘just not true’
Mark Zuckerberg
Milmo Global technology editor

Mark Zuckerberg: ‘Most of us just don’t recognize the false picture of the company that is being painted.’ Mark Zuckerberg has hit back at the testimony of the Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, saying her claims the company puts profit over people’s safety are “just not true”.

In a blogpost, the Facebook founder and chief executive addressed one of the most damaging statements in Haugen’s opening speech to US senators on Tuesday, that Facebook puts “astronomical profits before people”. “At the heart of these accusations is this idea that we prioritise profit over safety and wellbeing. That’s just not true,” he said. more...

By Ryan Nobles, Zachary Cohen and Annie Grayer, CNN

Washington (CNN) More than a week after subpoenaing former Donald Trump aide Dan Scavino to cooperate with its investigation into the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, the House select committee investigating the attack has been unable to physically serve the subpoena to him, according to multiple sources familiar with the effort.

The news comes just days before the committee's deadline for Scavino and three other close allies of the former President to comply with subpoenas requesting documents by October 7 and a deposition by October 15.

Scavino, Trump's former White House deputy chief of staff, did not respond to CNN's request for comment. One source familiar with the situation joked that the committee should just tweet the subpoena to the former Trump aide since he's been actively trolling the panel there in recent days. more...

Federal officials believe the breach might have been caused by an anchor.
By Andrew Blankstein, Dennis Romero and David Douglas

Operators of the Southern California oil pipeline that leaked 144,000 gallons of heavy crude into the Pacific Ocean didn't shut it down for more than three hours after an alarm alerted them to the possible breach, federal regulators said. A corrective action order, which federal pipeline and hazardous materials regulators issued to a subsidiary of Amplify Energy Corp. on Monday, includes a timeline that says the subsidiary, Beta Offshore, was alerted to a "low-pressure alarm" that indicated "a possible failure" at 2:30 a.m. Saturday. more...

By Mark Joseph Stern

The intellectual ringleaders of Donald Trump’s failed coup are finally facing the threat of serious consequences for their integral roles in the legal plot to overturn the 2020 election. No lawyers did more than John Eastman and Jeffrey Bossert Clark to try to hand Trump an unearned second term. Eastman developed and promoted the theory that Vice President Mike Pence could reject Joe Biden’s victory, then endorsed it at the Jan. 6 rally that fomented the insurrection. Clark urged his Justice Department superiors to pressure several legislatures into awarding their electoral votes to Trump even though Biden carried their states. Both men remain practicing attorneys. more...

Three people tell how they were affected by the temporary loss of the site, and WhatsApp and Instagram. The global outage just adds to Facebook’s many recent woes
Clea Skopeliti and Rachel Obordo

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram experienced an outage that left users around the world unable to access the social media platforms for nearly six hours on Monday and Tuesday. The outage was one of the worst Facebook has experienced, with the company blaming faulty configuration changes on its routers for the extended disruption. Three people speak about how the outage affected them – with social media users describing it as both a positive and negative few hours. more...

By Devan Cole, CNN

Washington (CNN) A bipartisan group of former public officials and lawyers are urging the California bar association to investigate a conservative lawyer who reportedly tried to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence that he could overturn the election results on January 6. In a letter sent Monday by more than two dozen people -- including a former president of the State Bar of California, two former federal judges and a host of other former state officials and experts from across the US -- to George Cardona, who oversees disciplinary matters for the SBC, the group said that "serious evidence of professional misconduct" by pro-Trump attorney John Eastman should be investigated. more...

By Stephen Rex Brown, Noah Goldberg, Michael Gartland and Larry McShane

Federal investigators descended Tuesday on the Long Island home of controversial Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins in a sweep that also targeted the police union’s Lower Manhattan headquarters, the Daily News has learned.

While the details of the probe remained under wraps, an FBI spokeswoman confirmed to The News that the agency was “carrying out a law enforcement action in connection with an ongoing investigation” into the SBA.

“Ed Mullins, who famously called me a ‘first-class whore’ for daring to ask questions about the SBA, just got a first-class raid from the FBI,” tweeted Rep. Ritchie Torres as word of the raids spread. more...

Thomas Franck

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Tuesday said she believes the economy would fall into a recession if Congress fails to address the federal government’s borrowing limit before an unprecedented default on the U.S. debt.

“I do regard Oct. 18 as a deadline. It would be catastrophic to not pay the government’s bills, for us to be in a position where we lacked the resources to pay the government’s bills,” Yellen said during an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” more...

Samantha Subin

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, who leaked internal company investigations to both The Wall Street Journal and Congress, testified before a Senate subcommittee Tuesday. You can read about the most important moments from the hearing here.

Recent investigations from the Journal revealed that the company’s executives understood the negative impacts of Instagram among younger users, including an increase in suicidal thoughts. Documents also revealed that 6% of American users traced the urge to kill themselves to Instagram, the Journal first reported. more...

Dylan Stableford·Senior Writer

If former President Donald Trump runs and wins back the White House in 2024, his second term in office will be all about "revenge," his former press secretary said Monday.

In an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, Stephanie Grisham said that the former president's administration often held back in pursuing retribution against his perceived political enemies because he was seeking reelection.

"I want to just warn people that once he takes office, if he were to win, he doesn't have to worry about reelection anymore," Grisham said. "He will be about revenge. He will probably have some pretty draconian policies." more...

By Manu Raju and Clare Foran, CNN

(CNN) Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin on Monday pushed back on several politically sensitive positions his party leaders are taking at a crucial time for President Joe Biden's domestic agenda.

The West Virginia Democrat, who holds a pivotal vote in the 50-50 Senate, indicated to CNN that he disagrees with the strategy top Democrats are pursuing in the standoff with Republicans over raising the national debt limit. Manchin said that Democrats "shouldn't rule out anything," including a budget process that Democratic leaders have made clear they will not employ.

Speaking to reporters, Manchin also would not commit to the new timeline set by party leaders to find a deal on the social safety net expansion by October 31. And he resisted calls from progressives and other top Democrats to raise his $1.5 trillion price tag for the package, which many in his party view as too low to achieve key policy objectives. more...

The Associated Press

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Bubba Wallace became just the second Black driver to win at NASCAR's top Cup Series level when rain stopped Monday's playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Wallace had driven through a crash and to the front of the field five laps before the second rain stoppage of the race. NASCAR tried to dry the track for nearly 45 minutes, but called things off as sunset approached and the rain showed no sign of ceasing.

Wallace had been waiting atop his pit stand and celebrated wildly with his crew when the race was called. Wallace is in his first season driving for 23X1 Racing, a team owned by both Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan. more...

By Melanie Zanona and Lauren Fox, CNN

(CNN) Republicans don't want the nation to default on its debts and they support more funding for roads and bridges. Yet they're fully prepared to oppose bills that would achieve both those goals.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is doubling down on his months-long threats to block any efforts to hike the debt ceiling, arguing Democrats control all the levers of power in Washington and have a responsibility to raise it on their own -- even though Republicans did so numerous times under former President Donald Trump with the help of Democrats.

Meanwhile, Republicans in the House are growing more entrenched in their opposition to a bipartisan infrastructure package that was crafted by members of the Senate GOP, warning its passage would pave the way for Democrats' massive economic and social spending bill. more...

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, JONATHAN MATTISE | The Associated Press

Hundreds of world leaders, powerful politicians, billionaires, celebrities, religious leaders and drug dealers have been hiding their investments in mansions, exclusive beachfront property, yachts and other assets for the past quarter-century, according to a review of nearly 12 million files obtained from 14 firms located around the world.

The report released Sunday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists involved 600 journalists from 150 media outlets in 117 countries. It’s being dubbed the “Pandora Papers” because the findings shed light on the previously hidden dealings of the elite and the corrupt, and how they have used offshore accounts to shield assets collectively worth trillions of dollars. more...

By Sylvan Lane

President Biden warned Monday that the U.S. may default on its debt for the first time in history if Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) continues to block Democratic attempts to raise the federal borrowing limit. Speaking to reporters following a Monday speech on the fiscal standoff, Biden said he cannot guarantee that the U.S. will be able to pay its bills past Oct. 18 if GOP senators are unwilling to clear a path to keep the country solvent. “I cannot believe that will be the end result, because the consequences are so dire,” he said. “But can I guarantee it? If I could, I would. But I can’t.” more...

By Kate Sullivan, CNN

(CNN) President Joe Biden on Monday said he couldn't guarantee the debt ceiling would be raised in two weeks as he slammed Republicans for opposing efforts to keep the nation from being unable to pay its debts for the first time in its history.

In a speech from the White House, Biden put the blame on Republicans for refusing to join with Democrats in raising the debt limit to pay for debts incurred in the past. Congressional Republicans are steadfastly refusing to supply any votes to raise the debt limit, Biden said they should vote on bipartisan basis to pay for bills for which both parties are responsible.

"Not only are Republicans refusing to do their job, but they're threatening to use their power to prevent us from doing our job -- saving the economy from a catastrophic event. I think quite frankly it's hypocritical, dangerous and disgraceful," Biden said. more...

DeSantis leads opponents on 2022 re-election campaign fundraiser

MIAMI – The Lincoln Project, a political action committee that opposed former President Donald Trump’s re-election, is targeting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as “the worst Governor in America.” The influential Republican PAC released a new targeted 30-second digital ad on Wednesday referring to DeSantis as a “mini-me Trump” who is trying to prove he is “more Trump than Trump” and who “doesn’t care how many Floridians have to die” during the coronavirus pandemic. more...

Frances Haugen says in her time with Facebook she saw, "conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook."
Scott Pelley

Her name is Frances Haugen. That is a fact that Facebook has been anxious to know since last month when an anonymous former employee filed complaints with federal law enforcement. The complaints say Facebook's own research shows that it amplifies hate, misinformation and political unrest—but the company hides what it knows. One complaint alleges that Facebook's Instagram harms teenage girls. What makes Haugen's complaints unprecedented is the trove of private Facebook research she took when she quit in May. The documents appeared first, last month, in the Wall Street Journal. But tonight, Frances Haugen is revealing her identity to explain why she became the Facebook whistleblower.

Frances Haugen: The thing I saw at Facebook over and over again was there were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook. And Facebook, over and over again, chose to optimize for its own interests, like making more money. Frances Haugen is 37, a data scientist from Iowa with a degree in computer engineering and a Harvard master's degree in business. For 15 years she's worked for companies including Google and Pinterest. Frances Haugen: I've seen a bunch of social networks and it was substantially worse at Facebook than anything I'd seen before. more...

By Jason Lemon

Senator Bernie Sanders rejected Senator Kyrsten Sinema's criticism of progressive Democrats' successful effort to delay a vote on the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, saying her assessment was "wrong."

Progressive leaders, as well as top Democrats, have said for months that the bipartisan infrastructure bill would be passed in tandem with a larger partisan $3.5 trillion "human infrastructure" reconciliation package. But moderates—including Sinema—expressed frustration last week after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, delayed a vote on the bipartisan legislation as it was apparent there were not enough votes for it to be approved.

Sinema, an Arizona Democrat, called the delay an "ineffective stunt." The moderate lawmaker described the delay as "inexcusable" and "deeply disappointing." more...

The West Virginia and Arizona senators’ resistance threatens to upend Biden’s entire presidency – is self-preservation to blame?
Richard Luscombe

Donald Trump’s favorite insult for political opponents inside his own party is “Rino” – Republican in name only. By such logic, Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona are the epitome of Dinos, two elected Democrats whose dogged resistance to Joe Biden’s social agenda threatens/threatened to upend his entire presidency.

Their standoff with the party’s progressive wing over the price tag of Biden’s ambitious reform package has become almost more of a hazard to his legacy than anything the Republicans, currently in a narrow minority in both chambers of Congress, can throw at it. more...

By Alta Spells, CNN

(CNN) A spill of about 3,000 barrels of oil -- or roughly 126,000 gallons of post-production crude -- off the coast of Southern California is a "potential ecological disaster," Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr said Saturday. By Sunday morning, "We've started to find dead birds & fish washing up on the shore," Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley tweeted. Foley said the leak was about 5 miles off the coast of Huntington Beach, and oil has started washing up on the shores of the city of 200,000 people. more...

He also slammed efforts to block the bill.
Hannah Levintova

For months, Democrats have been trying to pass a huge legislative package to fund infrastructure—the physical kind, like roads, and the human kind, like childcare and climate change mitigation. After many iterations, these goals are now stuck in Congress in the form of two bills: a bipartisan $1.2 trillion physical infrastructure bill, and a $3.5 trillion social spending package.

On Sunday, Sen. Bernie Sanders, one of the progressives leading the infrastructure push, said that this $3.5 trillion price tag will likely have to be lowered to get the package passed. more...

By Jessica Lussenhop

For the past four years, Jessica Lussenhop has been reporting on the rise and fall of a corrupt squad of Baltimore police officers. Just as she was completing her podcast series on the story, she got a very unexpected call from prison.

I'm standing in my pandemic "radio studio" - aka the closet in my apartment - surrounded by hangers holding button-up shirts and dresses. I'm staring at my cell phone in the dark. It's propped up on top of a suitcase sitting on top of a plastic tub, and I'm holding my recorder and microphone at the ready.

When the phone rings, I put the call on speaker and hear a robotic, pre-recorded female voice: "You have a prepaid call. You will not be charged for this call. This call is from…" A human voice breaks in: "Wayne Jenkins." "...an inmate in a federal prison," the robot finishes. more...

Inside one of America's most corrupt police squads
BBC News

Four vehicles fly down a darkened, rain-soaked street. It’s summertime, nearly midnight in downtown Baltimore. The lead car, a white Chevrolet, is driven by a 34-year-old man, his foot pressed to the pedal. On his tail are three unmarked police cars driven by members of the Gun Trace Task Force, a plainclothes gun recovery unit.

The chase started after the Chevrolet ran a red light. Pursuing the vehicle would be a violation of Baltimore Police Department policy, but the detectives suspect the man in the Chevy has guns, drugs, cash or all three. “Might be able to get somethin’ dirty,” detective Daniel Hersl says excitedly. “Light him up,” detective Jemell Rayam responds. more...

In Washington DC, demonstrators marched to the Supreme Court. Justices will hear arguments on a major challenge to Roe v. Wade in December.
Stephanie K. Baer Stephanie K. Baer BuzzFeed News Reporter

Thousands took to the streets in cities across the country Saturday to demand that lawmakers and judges protect people's rights and access to abortion as the nation's highest court prepares to hear its biggest reproductive rights case in decades.

It was the first Women's March of the Biden administration, and it came a month after the Supreme Court took no action to block Texas's six-week abortion ban from taking effect, halting the vast majority of abortions in the state. Texas is the first state to have an early-term abortion ban take effect in the decades since Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that made abortion legal nationwide. more...

About 1,500 American lives are still being reported lost to COVID each day.
By Arielle Mitropoulos

The United States reached another grim milestone on Friday, as the confirmed coronavirus death toll topped 700,000, just over a year and a half into the pandemic, and despite the wide availability of vaccines.

The milestone, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, comes less than two weeks after the national death toll surpassed the estimated number of fatalities in the U.S. during the 1918 influenza pandemic. more...

By Rebekah Riess and Devon M. Sayers, CNN

Washington, DC (CNN)Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law Friday a number of prison infrastructure bills that will use coronavirus relief funds to build new prisons in the state, calling it a "pivotal moment for the trajectory of our state's criminal justice system."

Ivey, a Republican, had convened a special session of the Alabama Legislature to discuss how to fix what she has called a decades-long problem of prison infrastructure challenges. The governor said Friday's bill signing was the culmination of hard work and conversations between lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

"I'd like to personally offer my thanks to the legislative leadership who are standing behind me right here, for a successful special session, and what we believe will yield untold benefits to all Alabamians in the days ahead," Ivey said. more...

Ben Winck and Joseph Zeballos-Roig

Republicans are blocking attempts by Democrats to renew the US's ability to pay its bills, pushing the US closer to the precipice of default. Congress has just 16 days to raise or suspend the debt ceiling to dodge what could be a catastrophic hit to the economy, ranging from delays in Social Security checks to seniors, turmoil in financial markets, and cuts to safety net programs like unemployment insurance and Medicaid. The world's trust in the dollar would fade. Interest rates would soar, lifting mortgage, car loan, and credit card payments. Ratings agency S&P would cut its rating to the worst-possible rank of D. more...

By TAMMY WEBBER and HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH

It’s a milestone that by all accounts didn’t have to happen this soon. The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 eclipsed 700,000 late Friday — a number greater than the population of Boston. The last 100,000 deaths occurred during a time when vaccines — which overwhelmingly prevent deaths, hospitalizations and serious illness — were available to any American over the age of 12.

The milestone is deeply frustrating to doctors, public health officials and the American public, who watched a pandemic that had been easing earlier in the summer take a dark turn. Tens of millions of Americans have refused to get vaccinated, allowing the highly contagious delta variant to tear through the country and send the death toll from 600,000 to 700,000 in 3 1/2 months. more...

Danielle Kurtzleben

Abortion-rights advocates are protesting in cities across the U.S. on Saturday, with their movement feeling deeply uneasy about what comes next after Texas enacted the nation's most restrictive abortion law, and with the conservative Supreme Court possibly ruling on the future of Roe v. Wade during its next term, which starts Monday.

One of those advocates, Jess Hale, came to Washington, D.C., from Texas this week with other young activists to push for federal abortion protections, expressing frustration that activists' fears about abortion restrictions hadn't been taken seriously in the recent past.

"We have been saying since the beginning that it does matter, because now we're seeing the facts," Hale said. "So it's like we've been trying to get people to pay attention to us, to listen to us, to get involved and to help us fight back." more...

Reuters

Former U.S. President Donald Trump asked a federal judge in Florida on Friday to ask Twitter to restore his account, which the company removed in January citing a risk of incitement of violence.

Trump filed a request for preliminary injunction against Twitter in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, arguing the social media company was “coerced” by members of the U.S. Congress to suspend his account.

Twitter and several other social media platforms banned Trump from their services after a mob of his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol in a deadly riot on Jan. 6. more...

By Jordain Carney

Senate Democrats are trying to turn down the temperature after days of high-profile drama and a delay of the bipartisan infrastructure bill in the House. The House broke on Friday after days of intense, hours-long meetings without an agreement on a path forward on the Senate-passed infrastructure bill and the reconciliation bill, which is supposed to carry many of Democrats’ long-held policy ambitions.

The standoff on Capitol Hill sparked a proxy war between the Squad and Senate moderates, with leadership stuck in the middle trying to figure out a way to satisfy them both. But Senate Democrats, including progressives in the caucus, are largely avoiding piling on against Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). more...


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