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  • Democrats press for broader voter access as GOP resists

    05/11/2021 8:15:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 11, 2021 | Brian Slodysko and Christina A. Cassidy
    Republicans in the U.S. Senate mounted an aggressive case Tuesday against Democrats’ sweeping election and voter-access legislation, pushing to roll back proposals for automatic registration, 24-hour ballot drop boxes and other changes in an increasingly charged national debate. The legislation, a top priority of Democrats in the aftermath of the divisive 2020 election, would bring about the largest overhaul of U.S. voting in a generation, touching nearly every aspect of the electoral process. It would remove hurdles to voting erected in the name of election security and curtail the influence of big money in politics. At the end of a...
  • People of color more exposed than whites to air pollution

    04/29/2021 9:57:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 29, 2021 | Drew Costley
    Across America, people of color are exposed to more air pollution than whites from industry, vehicles, construction and many other sources, a new study has found. Using government air pollution and census data, researchers found that disproportionate numbers of non-white people were exposed to potentially hazardous fine particle pollution from nearly all major U.S. emission sources, regardless of where they live or how much money they make. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, also found that Blacks were the only group disproportionately exposed to each of the pollution sources examined. Researchers found that on average Black, Hispanic...
  • Pence’s chief of staff accuses Trump of locking him out of White House

    01/06/2021 10:03:24 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 45 replies
    AP ^ | January 7, 2020 | By Ebony Bowden
    WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short on Wednesday accused President Trump of revoking his White House access as tensions between Pence and Trump continued to deteriorate. The president publicly and privately lobbied Pence in recent weeks to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win ahead of Wednesday’s confirmation vote in Congress, which Pence is overseeing as the president of the Senate. “Mike Pence, I hope you get to stand up for the good of our Constitution and for the good of our country, and if you’re not, I’m going to be very disappointed in you,”...
  • There were not more votes than voters in Pennsylvania

    12/29/2020 6:05:06 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 70 replies
    apnews.com ^ | December 29, 2020 | ALI SWENSON
    CLAIM: There were 205,000 more votes than voters in the 2020 election in Pennsylvania. AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. This analysis is based on incomplete data, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State. THE FACTS: A misleading claim about election results from a group of Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania is circulating widely on social media a week before Congress meets to reaffirm Joe Biden’s decisive presidential win. The claim emerged in a release from the Republican state Rep. Frank Ryan and several others on Monday. “A comparison of official county election results to the total number of voters who voted on...
  • AP Explains: Election’s validity intact despite Trump claims

    11/10/2020 1:00:55 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 71 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | November 10, 2020 | By NOMAAN MERCHANT (D-AP)
    The U.S. presidential election was not tainted by widespread voter fraud or irregularities in how ballots were counted, despite a huge effort by President Donald Trump to prove otherwise. In refusing to concede the election, Trump claims that he would have won were it not for “illegal” votes counted in several states that he lost or where he is currently trailing. But Trump and his allies haven’t offered any proof and their legal challenges have largely been rejected by the courts. WHAT IS TRUMP CHALLENGING? The Trump campaign has filed more than a dozen lawsuits in at least five states....
  • 'This is proof’: Biden’s win reveals power of Black voters

    11/09/2020 4:04:38 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 9, 2020 | By KAT STAFFORD, AARON MORRISON and ANGELIKI KASTANIS
    DETROIT (AP) — Power. Respect. Finally. When Eric Sheffield first saw Joe Biden take the lead in the vote count in Georgia, the 52-year-old Black man immediately thought about all the years he spent urging his Black friends and family to vote and all the times he saw his preferred candidate lose.
  • For nation’s birthday, Trump stokes the divisions within US

    07/05/2020 3:16:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | July 5, 2020 | By LYNN BERRY and AAMER MADHANI
    WASHINGTON - On a day meant for unity and celebration, President Donald Trump vowed to “safeguard our values” from enemies within - leftists, looters, agitators, he said - in a Fourth of July speech packed with all the grievances and combativeness of his political rallies. “We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and the people who, in many instances, have absolutely no clue what they are doing,” he said. “We will never allow an angry mob to tear down our statues, erase our history, indoctrinate our children. Even as officials...
  • US: Russia could try to covertly advise candidates in 2020

    05/04/2020 5:31:06 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 20 replies
    ABC/AP ^ | 05 04 2020 | ERIC TUCKER
    The Department of Homeland Security and FBI warned states earlier this year that Russia could look to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections by covertly advising political candidates and campaigns, according to a law enforcement memo obtained by The Associated Press. The Feb. 3 document details tactics U.S. officials believe Russia could use to interfere in this year's elections, including secretly advising candidates and campaigns. It says that though officials “have not previously observed Russia attempt this action against the United States,” political strategists working for a business mogul close to President Vladimir Putin have been involved in political campaigning...
  • Trump team targets Democratic advantage with people of color

    04/18/2020 11:16:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 18, 2020 | Steve Peoples
    For the majority of people of color who believe Donald Trump is a racist unworthy of reelection, the Republican president can point to Alice Marie Johnson. The 64-year-old African American great-grandmother spent 21 years in prison for a nonviolent drug offense before Trump commuted her sentence in 2018. She then became the unwitting star of his reelection campaign’s $10-million Super Bowl ad, which featured footage of Johnson’s emotional release from prison as she praised “Donald John Trump.” “I’m an African American woman and he signed my paper. How could I turn around and say he’s a racist?” Johnson said in...
  • AP sources: Trump allies pressed Ukraine over gas firm

    10/06/2019 6:12:11 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 40 replies
    AP ^ | 10/06/19 | DESMOND BUTLER, MICHAEL BIESECKER and RICHARD LARDNER
    As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials last spring to investigate one of Donald Trump’s main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet republic. Their aims were profit, not politics. This circle of businessmen and Republican donors touted connections to Giuliani and Trump while trying to install new management at the top of Ukraine’s massive state gas company. Their plan was to then steer lucrative contracts to companies controlled by Trump allies, according to two people with knowledge of their plans. Their plan hit a...
  • US proposing easing rules on climate-changing oil emissions [barf]

    08/29/2019 11:17:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 29, 2019 | Ellen Knickmeyer
    The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed revoking Obama-era regulations on climate-changing methane leaks from many oil facilities, a move that environmental groups said was meant to renounce the agency’s overall legal authority to regulate the gas in the fight against global warming. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the proposed rule followed President Donald Trump’s directions to remove “unnecessary and duplicative regulatory burdens from the oil and gas industry.” The step would be the latest in a series easing the previous administration’s emissions controls on the oil, gas and coal industries, including a 2016 rule regulating oil-industry methane leaks as...
  • Signs of recession worry Trump ahead of 2020 [pfft]

    08/17/2019 5:16:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 17, 2019 | Josh Boak and Jonathan Lemire
    President Donald Trump is warning of an economic crash if he loses reelection, arguing that even voters who personally dislike him should base their ballots on the nation’s strong growth and low unemployment rate. But privately, Trump is growing increasingly worried the economy won’t look so good come Election Day. The financial markets signaled the possibility of a U.S. recession this week, sending a jolt of anxiety to investors, companies and consumers. That’s on top of concerns over Trump’s plans to impose punishing tariffs on goods from China and word from the United Kingdom and Germany that their economies are...
  • Trump’s ‘great patriot’ farmers follow him into a trade war [barf alert]

    05/19/2019 11:15:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2019 | Sara Burnett and Scott McFetridge
    Iowa farmer Tim Bardole survived years of low crop prices and rising costs by cutting back on fertilizer and herbicides and fixing broken-down equipment rather than buying new. When President Donald Trump’s trade war with China made a miserable situation worse, Bardole used up any equity his operation had and started investing in hogs in hopes they’ll do better than crops. A year later, the dispute is still raging and soybeans hit a 10-year-low. But Bardole says he supports his president more today than he did when he cast a ballot for Trump in 2016, skeptical he would follow through...
  • Biden:Trump,Republicans allowing Jim Crow to return

    05/04/2019 6:41:43 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 80 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 5/4/2019 | MEG KINNARD and BILL BARROW
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden charged Saturday that Jim Crow is “sneaking back in” as he emphasized voting rights at his first presidential campaign stop in South Carolina, where black voters play a key role in the South’s first presidential primary.In criticizing Republican efforts to adopt more stringent voting rules, including identification requirements and curtailing early voting hours, Biden recalled the racial segregation laws of the past.“You’ve got Jim Crow sneaking back in,” he said, referring to the era before the civil rights movement. “You know what happens when you have an equal right to vote?...
  • 3 black women win Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America

    05/03/2019 4:01:07 PM PDT · by bgill · 65 replies
    AP ^ | May 3, 2019 | Mark Kennedy
    When Cheslie Kryst won the Miss USA crown, it marked more than a personal triumph: It meant that for the first time, three black women are the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America. The North Carolina lawyer completed the historic triple Thursday with pageant winners 2019 Miss America Nia Franklin and recently crowned 2019 Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris. “The three young women who have focused their energy on demonstrating how standards of black beauty speak for American standards of beauty are to be commended,” said Thomas DeFrantz, a professor in the Department of African and African...
  • Trump tweets video edited to suggest Omar dismissive of 9/11 [barf alert]

    04/12/2019 5:47:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 12, 2019
    President Donald Trump weighed in Friday on the most recent controversy involving Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, retweeting video edited to suggest that the Minnesota congresswoman was dismissive of the significance of the Sept. 11 attacks. The video pulls a snippet of Omar’s speech last month to the Council on American-Islamic Relations in which she described the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center as “some people did something,” as well as news footage of the hijacked planes hitting the twin towers. Trump tweeted, “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!” Omar’s remark has drawn criticism largely from political opponents and conservatives who say...
  • Puzzling number of men tied to Ferguson protests have died

    03/17/2019 9:26:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 17, 2019 | Jim Salter
    Two young men were found dead inside torched cars. Three others died of apparent suicides. Another collapsed on a bus, his death ruled an overdose. Six deaths, all involving men with connections to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, drew attention on social media and speculation in the activist community that something sinister was at play. Police say there is no evidence the deaths have anything to do with the protests stemming from a white police officer’s fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, and that only two were homicides with no known link to the protests. But some activists say their concerns...
  • AP source: Mueller report not expected next week

    02/22/2019 11:10:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 23, 2019 | Michael Balsamo and Eric Tucker
    Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation is not expected to be delivered to the Justice Department next week, a senior department official told The Associated Press on Friday. The official could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. It was not immediately clear when the report might come, though Mueller is showing signs of concluding his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and ties to the Trump campaign. […] On Friday, six House Democratic committee heads called on Barr to make Mueller’s full report public, including any “evidence...
  • Ex-FBI official: 'Crime may have been committed' by Trump (gag alert)

    02/18/2019 2:27:37 AM PST · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 104 replies
    wraltv-AP ^ | 2/18/2019 | Eric Tucker
    WASHINGTON — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Sunday that a "crime may have been committed" when President Donald Trump fired the head of the FBI and tried to publicly undermine an investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia. McCabe also said in the interview with "60 Minutes" that the FBI had good reason to open a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was in league with Russia, and therefore a possible national security threat, following the May 2017 firing of then-FBI Director James Comey.
  • White House indicates Trump to veto disapproval of emergency

    02/17/2019 8:16:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 17, 2019 | Zeke Miller
    A top adviser to President Donald Trump indicated Sunday that Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove of his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border. White House senior adviser Stephen Miller told “Fox News Sunday” that “the president is going to protect his national emergency declaration.” Asked if that meant Trump was ready to veto, Miller added, “He’s going to protect his national emergency declaration, guaranteed.” Trump declared the emergency Friday in an effort to go around Congress to fund his border wall. It would allow him to...