Politics

Steve October 20, 2021

Congress has repeatedly tried and failed to pass comprehensive voting rights reform this year, even though the Democratic Party holds the majority. Now Democrats are trying again to hit back at state-level voting rights restrictions passed by Republican-controlled legislatures. The Senate votes on Wednesday on a new voting rights bill, the Freedom to Vote Act, […]

Steve October 20, 2021

Commentary   You’ve probably seen videos of angry parents and activists accosting school board members and turning school board meetings into culture-war battlegrounds. The current wave of attacks on school boards over mask requirements, LGBTQ-inclusive school policies, and curriculum that teaches about the hard truths of our country’s history is not an organic uprising of dissatisfied parents […]

Steve October 20, 2021

On Monday night, Tim Barton appeared on the Truth & Liberty Coalition’s weekly livestream, where he repeated many of the same false claims regularly made by his father, the pseudo-historian David Barton, such as the bogus assertion that the Constitution is filled with “phrases that are almost verbatim from the Bible.” “The Founding Fathers referenced […]

Steve October 20, 2021

Source: NPR Two types of blood pressure medication made by the company Lupin Pharmaceuticals are being recalled because they may contain high levels of a substance that could cause cancer. The Food and Drug Administration said late last week that Lupin is voluntarily recalling certain dosages of irbesartan tablets and irbesartan and hydrochlorothiazide tablets. Both […]

Steve October 20, 2021

Everyone keeps waiting for the Supreme Court’s big right turn — especially this year. The justices have now begun their first full term with a 6-3 conservative majority, and the docket is full of culture-war issues, such as abortion, gun rights and religious liberty. But in many ways, the Supreme Court’s conservative revolution is already […]

Steve October 20, 2021

Source: Washington Post Officials said they’re investigating a possible bomb threat Wednesday morning at the Bethesda military installation that houses Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and other facilities. Authorities said they received a call just before 9 a.m. from “an anonymous source stating there is a bomb at or near Building 10,” according to […]

Steve October 20, 2021

The Supreme Court handed down a brief opinion on Monday holding that a California police officer is immune from a lawsuit alleging he used excessive force while helping arrest an armed suspect. Though the Court’s decision in Rivas-Villegas v. Cortesluna is fairly straightforward — the justices held that Officer Daniel Rivas-Villegas “did not violate clearly […]

Steve October 20, 2021

Source: AP By ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Two bombs attached to a bus carrying Syrian troops exploded in Damascus during the morning rush hour Wednesday, a military official said. Fourteen people were killed in the attack, one of the deadliest in the capital in years. While the Syrian government’s decade-long […]

Steve October 20, 2021

The Biden administration concluded its very long review of US sanctions policy this week, and the results were woefully inadequate. Judging from the review and the administration’s record so far, there isn’t much reason to expect a significant change in the frequent use of broad sanctions. The sanctions review has dragged on all year, and […]

Steve October 20, 2021

Reprinted from The Nation with permission from the authors. The single best option for reducing the risk of nuclear war is hidden in plain sight. News outlets don’t mention it. Pundits ignore it. Even progressive and peace-oriented members of Congress tiptoe around it. And yet, for many years, experts have been calling for this act […]