August 31, 2019

Black kids in Missouri are being shot down in unspeakable numbers

One headline tells of a “Troubling rise of gun violence St. Louis, Kansas City.” Another reads, “St. Louis hopes $100,000 reward will solve the murders of 4 children.” Yet another says, “Black kids in St. Louis are getting shot and killed so often, police are offering a $100,000 reward.”  A epidemic of gun violence has mowed down […]
August 30, 2019

Justice comes for the corrupt DEA agent who tried to set up rapper Scarface

A drug enforcement task force operating along the Gulf of Mexico became a rip-and-run criminal enterprise over a seven-year period, federal prosecutors revealed this week. When jurors convicted the ringleader of the alleged scheme on Wednesday, they also vindicated some longstanding claims leveled by Houston’s hip-hop royalty. Drug Enforcement Agency special agent Chad Scott — […]
August 30, 2019

Hurricane Dorian’s impacts could be resounding — here’s what to watch for

Hurricane Dorian is gaining speed as it nears the Florida coast, where it could make landfall as a Category 4 storm over the Labor Day weekend. And when Dorian does roar ashore, its impact could be massive. The hurricane mostly avoided Puerto Rico and other vulnerable islands earlier this week, many of which are still […]
August 29, 2019

Exposed for 1967 blackface skit, Alabama governor issues written statement rather than face cameras

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) performed a comedic skit in blackface in 1967 at Auburn University, audio tapes circling the web on Thursday reveal. “She had on a pair of blue coveralls and she had put some black paint all over her face,” Ben LaRavia, then Ivey’s fiancé, says in the interview. “We were acting […]
August 29, 2019

Did Gillibrand’s push for Al Franken’s resignation doom her 2020 White House run?

Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential campaign may have been doomed from the start, women’s rights advocates say. Some women’s rights leaders say that the New York senator encountered something of a backlash for being the first Senate Democrat to demand the resignation not quite two years ago of then-Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), who quit in disgrace amid accusations […]
August 28, 2019

Trump takes money from FEMA for border wall with Puerto Rico set for major storm

The Trump administration is moving nearly $300 million dollars from agencies including the cash-strapped and under-staffed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), even as a growing tropical storm heads toward Puerto Rico and the southeastern United States. That money will instead fund border security programs, including immigrant detention overseen by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It […]
August 28, 2019

Britain’s PM suspends Parliament so he can force through his Brexit vision

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a man elected with the support of just 0.13 percent of the British population, has suspended Parliament for almost a month ahead of the October 31st Brexit deadline, sharply reducing the amount of time available to members (MPs) hoping to block a no-deal scenario. In a letter to Conservative MPs […]
August 26, 2019

Former convict Joe Arpaio wants to be sheriff again

Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff previously convicted of contempt of court, wants his old job back. “On this day, August 25, 2019, after consultation and approval from my wife of 61 years, Ava, I have decided to run to be reelected Sheriff,” he said in a statement. “Watch out world! We are […]
August 26, 2019

Thanks to Mitch McConnell, U.S. now has no functioning election commission

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) — intended to be a group of no more than three Democrats and no more than three Republicans overseeing the federal campaign finance system — has been operating with just a bare quorum of four for the past 18 months. With the resignation of Vice Chairman Matthew Petersen, at the […]
August 26, 2019

Ethics experts throw cold water on Trump’s offer to host the next G7 summit

Following the fracas and infighting at the most recent G7 summit, President Donald Trump previewed an idea for how to make sure the next one is somehow even worse: hosting it at the Trump National Doral Miami — a Florida resort he owns (and profits from). After claiming that he lost up to $5 billion […]