As the Public Focuses on Book Bans, the Right Is Quietly Defunding Libraries

The war on libraries is being fought on two fronts. On the first, we have extremists calling on librarians to repent for the sin of building collections and offering programming related to LGBTQ+ experiences. Proud Boys show up armed to protest Drag Queen Story Hours. The cops are called to investigate allegedly “obscene” materials on the shelves during Pride month. The second front… Source Source / Read More: As the Public Focuses on Book Bans, the Right Is Quietly Defunding Libraries

GOP Plan to Cut Social Security and Medicare Is Disliked Among Republican Voters

New polling finds that the GOP’s plan to force cuts to Social Security and Medicare through debt ceiling legislation is vastly unpopular — even among a majority of the Republican voter base. According to a new survey by Data for Progress, 63 percent of all voters think that House Republicans should allow the debt limit to be raised to avoid economic disaster, without executing their cynical plan… Source Source / Read More: GOP Plan to Cut Social Security and Medicare Is Disliked Among Republican Voters

Democrats Lambast GOP Plan to Abolish Income Tax and Impose 30 Percent Sales Tax

Democratic and progressive lawmakers are criticizing the GOP for an extremist tax plan that Republicans are planning to soon put to a vote in the House that would completely overhaul the tax system to blatantly favor the rich. In what seems to be a concession to the most far right members of the Republican caucus, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-California) has teed up a vote on the so-called Fair… Source Source / Read More: Democrats Lambast GOP Plan to Abolish Income Tax and Impose 30 Percent Sales Tax

A Majority of House Republicans’ New Committee Chairs Are Election Deniers

Analyses show that a majority of the House Republicans’ newly chosen committee chairs – people who will have a huge hand in setting the priorities for the House over the next two years – have participated in the extremely dangerous and anti-democratic GOP practice of election denial. As first pointed out by HuffPost, 11 of the 17 new committee chairs were among the 147 Republicans who voted… Source Source / Read More: A Majority of House Republicans’ New Committee Chairs Are Election Deniers

Over a Hundred Thousand Israelis March to Protest Netanyahu Government

Tens of thousands of Israelis marched in central Tel Aviv and in two other major cities on Saturday night, protesting far rightwing PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to overhaul the legal system and weaken the Supreme Court — undermining democratic rule just weeks after his election. Despite cold, rainy weather, marchers, many covered with umbrellas, held Israeli flags and placards saying “Criminal… Source Source / Read More: Over a Hundred Thousand Israelis March to Protest Netanyahu Government

GOP Votes to Form Committee to Investigate Officials Who Have Investigated Trump

On Tuesday, House Republicans voted to form a committee to supposedly investigate the bunk conspiracy theory that they have been planting for years that the right is being oppressed by the federal government — a committee that will almost certainly be used to advance the neofascism that has been increasingly embraced by mainstream Republicans. The formation of the committee passed on party lines… Source Source / Read More: GOP Votes to Form Committee to Investigate Officials Who Have Investigated Trump

McCarthy Finally Elected Speaker in 15th Vote After Bowing to Far Right Fringe

After nearly a week of chaotic voting on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Kevin McCarthy of California was elected Speaker of the House of the 118th Congress just after midnight early Saturday morning after finally securing enough votes in the 15th ballot. The final tally was 216 votes for McCarthy and 212 votes for Democrat Hakeem Jeffries of New York, after 6 far-right… Source Source / Read More: McCarthy Finally Elected Speaker in 15th Vote After Bowing to Far Right Fringe

Donald Trump Gets 1 Vote for Speaker As McCarthy Loses for 7th and 8th Time

As the House undergoes an increasingly absurd series of votes in which Republicans are failing, time and again, to nominate a new speaker of the House, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) on Thursday cast what seemed to be two unserious — or at least knowingly derisive — votes for Donald Trump. Gaetz cast the only vote for Trump during the House’s seventh and eighth speaker votes… Source Source / Read More: Donald Trump Gets 1 Vote for Speaker As McCarthy Loses for 7th and 8th Time

Progressives Must Not Concede School Board Elections to the Right

During the 2022 midterm elections, I joined a group of central Texas parents, teachers, administrators and social activists who were determined to do whatever it took to elect progressive school board candidates over conservative zealots. And we won. All five Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) candidates endorsed by Access Education, a progressive, community-based political action… Source Source / Read More: Progressives Must Not Concede School Board Elections to the Right

Louisiana Communities Organize to Defend Libraries From Far Right Censorship

Lynette Mejia, a self-described “homeschool parent,” has raised three children in the Lafayette Public Library System in Louisiana. Until early 2021, “I was the average person sitting around the table complaining about politics,” Mejia said. Then Mejia discovered something that troubled her: The Lafayette Board of Control, which governs the public library system in Lafayette, had been stacked with… Source Source / Read More: Louisiana Communities Organize to Defend Libraries From Far Right Censorship

Conway Advocated for Leonard Leo’s Supreme Court Picks After They Struck Business Deal

Explosive new reporting reveals that former senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway appears to have reached a business agreement with prominent conservative judicial activist Leonard Leo in 2017 — an agreement that apparently paid off in spades for the activist when Conway advocated for President Donald Trump to nominate Supreme Court justices backed by Leo. Politico reported on Tuesday that… Source Source / Read More: Conway Advocated for Leonard Leo’s Supreme Court Picks After They Struck Business Deal

Musk Gives Right Wingers Access to Internal Twitter Systems to Spread Propaganda

Right-wing billionaire Elon Musk has given prominent conservative figures access to Twitter’s internal systems this week to create and publicize the so-called Twitter Files — a trove of information that Musk is using to “expose” the social media platform’s supposed left-wing bias under its previous management but that, in reality, only serves to spread far right conspiracy theories and propaganda. Source Source / Read More: Musk Gives Right Wingers Access to Internal Twitter Systems to Spread Propaganda